Well… Money Can’t Buy Everything

Well… Money Can’t Buy Everything

By Steve Hunley The people of Knoxville and Knox County deserve a big pat on the back for coming out and voting last Tuesday.  If anybody doubts the power of voting, last week’s election should dispel a lot of preconceived notions; if anybody doubts the ability of the people to overcome a deluge of cash […]

Who will choose for you?

Who will choose for you?

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel has dutifully endorsed Grant Standefer (2nd District) and Rueben “Buddy” Pelot (5th District) for the Knox County Board of Education.  They have also endorsed Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong’s opponent in the coming primary elections.  These endorsements were to be expected as the News Sentinel has been the […]

Legislature Back in Session

Legislature Back in Session

By Steve Hunley If the old adage about the country only being in danger when Congress is in session, Tennesseans are in danger as the legislature is in session.  There’s already been considerable speculation about whether the “honeymoon” between the governor and the legislature is over; frankly, it seems obvious to me it was over […]

Publisher’s Position: The ‘Whoopsie’ Defense

By Steve Hunley Jennifer Owen, candidate for the Knox County Board of Education in the Second District, has officially filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.  Mrs. Owen’s complaint involves an email sent by J. Laurens Tullock, President of the Cornerstone Foundation.  The complaint revolves around Tullock’s having sent an overtly political email using […]

Publisher’s Position: McIntyre Leaving

By Steve Hunley The decision by Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre to announce his plans to leave office July 8, 2016, contingent upon being given a year of salary, was not necessarily the selfless act some would have us believe.  The plain fact of the matter is McIntyre was about to lose control of the […]

Publisher’s Position: The Million Dollar Man and Naked Politics

By Steve Hunley I have to apologize for the headline, but the politics involved are certainly naked.  Here lately Karen Carson and Tracie Sanger, both members of the Knox County Board of Education, have been crying “politics” on the part of Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong.  The supposed politics is that Bud Armstrong is not […]

Publisher’s Position: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… Your Terrorists

By Steve Hunley The question of whether or not America should take in 10,000 Syrian refugees has caught fire with, at last count, 31 governors telling Washington their states don’t want to accept any further refugees.  Considering the recent deliberate slaughter of innocents in Paris, we already have knee jerk reactions from both the far […]

Frustration, Anger Rule the Campaign Season

By Steve Hunley The two campaigns drawing the biggest crowds as the presidential primaries approach are still Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  The establishment in both parties is desperately trying to circle the wagons and figure out just what the heck is going on.  The answer is very simple: folks are just plain fed up, […]

Publisher’s Position: Fred Thompson, Tennessean

By Steve Hunley The passing of former U. S. senator Fred Dalton Thompson last week was a sad day for Tennesseans. Few people have accomplished as much in a single lifetime as Fred Thompson – – – lawyer, actor, and politician.  Senator Lamar Alexander referred to Thompson’s “pizzazz,” but the former senator had something far […]