Stars skipping bowls would end viewers’ interest, a la Pro Bowl

By Steve Williams College football would eventually suffer if more and more high-profile players do like LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffery did and skip their bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft. This would particularly be true if big-name players pulled out of the Final Four playoff games and other high-paid bowl […]

Predators in Our Schools

Predators in Our Schools

By Steve Hunley Steve Reilly of USA Today had a story in the Gannett newspapers in Tennessee that every parent and grandparent ought to read.  Apparently Reilly researched his article for an entire year and discovered “that education officials put children in harm’s way by covering up evidence of abuse, keeping allegations secret and making […]

Ray Blanton, Part Two

Ray Blanton, Part Two

By Ray Hill Tennessee had lost a congressional district in the redistricting in 1971.  Congressmen Ray Blanton and William Anderson, both Democrats, would likely have run against one another if both sought reelection.  Anderson flirted with a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination while Blanton had his sights set on the Senate seat held by […]

Justice, Mercy and Humility

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Is it finally over? After all, it’s the end of 2016 and the end of a grueling political season. The media said it was over even before election night, and at least until nine o’clock on November 8th when actual votes were reported. Then, as the night wore on and one […]

Boxing Day

By Rosie Moore This will be my last article concerning Christmas, I promise. The day after Christmas, which is also known as Boxing Day, is a holiday celebrated in UK and some other nations. In some countries such as Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, and the Nordic countries, it is known as St. Stephen’s Day. December […]

How Long Are Felony Conviction Sentences in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, felonies are crimes punishable by one year or more in state prison. Lawmakers have designated felonies as class A, B, C, D, or E, with A being the most severe (for the most serious cases) and E being the least harsh. Class A felonies receive sentences between 15 and 25 […]

A Valued Christmas Gift

By Rahpine Major It was two or three days before Christmas when he got the gift.  Wayne, my brother, tells me it was his favorite Christmas present that year—a German shepherd pup.  His coat was a beautiful gray with black tips.  He was playful.  When Wayne and his friends were sledding, he would often run […]

Christmas Stress

By Joe Rector I’ve watched some recent television families go through their holiday gyrations. Sometimes joyful endings occurred, but at other times, the whole family wound up dysfunctional by the end of the program. Even in real life, stories abound about the crazy events that come with the holiday season. My own family used to […]

George Quarles moves on, heads to Furman

  By Alex Norman The East Tennessee Mt. Rushmore of Coaches (if there was such a thing) would find room for George Quarles. For 18 seasons, he was the biggest reason why the football program at Maryville High School turned into the most respected in the state, and one of the best in the nation. […]

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