Hooting

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I have to admit that I’ve never cared much for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it was because I was a boy, but the heart shaped candies and little Valentine cards in grammar school never did much for me. People complain about the commercialization of Christmas, but the hoopla for Valentine’s Day is […]

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of  “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

By Steve Hunley Look out people, it’s not only Governor Haslam looking to increase your taxes by raising the gas tax. School folks met with members of the County Commission last week and are poking at property taxes; in fact, there was mention of asking the state legislature to “index” the property tax. That idea […]

Back When (Part 2)

By Ralphine Major With a computer and a sharp mind, the lengthy e-mails to his grandson and nephew’s inquiries answered their questions about family.  At the same time, he was describing life in the early 1900s with much clarity and detail.  Informally titled “back when” by Woodrow Luttrell himself, the story continues. In 1920, the […]

Back at it

By Joe Rector Well, I don’t believe it. I left teaching in 2008 and vowed that I’d never again darken the doorway of a classroom. In August, I began substituting at a few schools. Before long, I was working four days a week. The work was easy, and the pay was better than at other […]

Ruby is 100!

By Rosie Moore Our “gem” Ruby Miller of the S & S Bowling Lanes in Fountain City turned 100 years old on January 30. A remarkable day to remember both then and now. I asked her how did she like being 100 and she said wonderful! She has a slight hearing problem but her mind […]

Oh Atlanta… I’m so sorry…

By Alex Norman “Welcome to Atlanta where the players play… And we ride on dem thangs like every day… Big beats, hit streets, see gangsters roamin… And parties dont stop ‘til eight in the mo’nin” The modern day poet Jermaine Dupri wrote that verse in his 2002 hit single “Welcome to Atlanta.” That little ditty […]

Dobbs made a passing grade in every way

By Steve Williams If you haven’t read Joshua Dobbs’ “Goodbye, Tennessee” on The Players’ Tribune yet, be sure you do. It tells you a lot about Dobbs the person as much as Dobbs the quarterback, and also how much he thinks of the University of Tennessee and its football program as well as its fans. […]

Do They Really Have to Give You a Traffic Citation?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you are in downtown Knoxville, you just need to do one errand, and it will only take a second, and you cannot find anywhere to park!  Surely it will be okay if you park in front of a fire hydrant for three minutes.  You will put your flashers on and you […]

Winter Doldrums

By Dr. Jim Ferguson C.S. Lewis begins his wondrous little book, “The Great Divorce,” by describing a “long mean street” shrouded in semi-darkness and drizzling rain. I feel much the same about cold and dreary February, whose only redeeming aspect is its shortness. I don’t like winter and after the Holidays, and perhaps a snow […]

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