What Are the Laws In Regard to Immunizing Your Children?

By Jedidiah McKeehan There has been a great deal of controversy in the last few years about individuals, particularly celebrities, choosing to forego immunization for their children, claiming that they actually do a detriment to their children.  There are actually a few Tennessee laws that specifically discuss the immunization of children. Tennessee Code Annotated section […]

Schools and traffic

By Joe Rector If you were out and about early on Wednesday of last week, the chances are you were stuck in a major traffic jam. Yes, friends, schools opened in Knox County on that day, and for the next year most of us must acclimate ourselves to the travel woes that go with education. […]

I Saw Three Men, Part 3

By Ralphine Major Mike Cruze was in The University of Tennessee Medical Center 23 days. For 21 of those days, the Master Gardener was unconscious and on a ventilator. Doctors told Barbara that Mike should be dead. He had suffered two types of aortic dissection (a tear in the aorta—the artery leading from the heart). […]

Purposeful Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Another week and another story/essay. I often ask myself if there is an end to this journey. And as I sit down and begin this reflection, I wonder if it will be worthy of my time or your interest. And is either consideration a valid purpose? Though I start my weekly […]

What is the Vols’ ceiling in 2018?

By Alex Norman As of the writing of this article, the Tennessee Volunteers have been in fall camp for about a week. I can say without a doubt that after watching clips of the team practicing online that the Vols are definitely going 15-0. I’m kidding, of course, but there is a renewed sense of […]

Punching back or lying down

Punching back or lying down

By Steve Hunley Recently, A. G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump. Naturally, Sulzberger categorized the meeting as having been requested by the White House and said he attended to “raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.” Presidents of the United States […]

The ball is in the TSSAA’s court now

By Steve Williams Austin-East High School’s boys basketball team will be joined by Gibbs’ team for some community service work at the Love Kitchen on Martin Luther King Avenue after school Thursday (Aug. 16), said A-E Head Coach Marcus Stanton Friday. By then, the Roadrunners and the Chattanooga Brainerd team will know where they stand […]

The last generation to…

By Joe Rector While I was sitting poolside the other day and pondering life in general, I was struck by the fact that my generation, the Baby Boomers, are unique. Oh, I know we’re old now and should be given patronizing smiles and then be ignored. Those of us in this generation, however, are the […]


By Rosie Moore At my granddaughter’s wedding we received small packets of wildflower seeds. I planted them and they are growing beautifully and ready to be re-potted into bigger pot. It looks like there are three or four varieties. A wildflower is a flower that grows in the wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded […]

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