Outdoor Toys

By Joe Rector I “had” to buy a lawnmower the other week. Oh, it wasn’t because I didn’t have one already. In fact, two riding mowers are in the basement. My older brother and his wife bought the first one a year after my mother died; they did so that I could keep the nearly […]

Harbison’s Crossroads

By Ralphine Major His answer was always the same:  “Harbison’s Crossroads,” our father would answer when anyone asked where we lived.  I thought it sounded quaint.  Corryton, it seemed, would be a better answer.  For years, there was a four-way stop in the rural community where Emory Road crosses Tazewell Pike.  Today, motorists are met […]

Medicalese

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m often asked to comment on or explain what another doctor told a friend or family member. However, I’m careful to comment, other than in general terms, because I have incomplete information. Doctors call superficial opinions “curbside consultations.” They do a disservice to patients and are medicolegally risky because the law […]

Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore Every once in a while, the inevitable happens. Such was the case with me. Last week I wrote about books and mentioned the novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” I was so disappointed with it. The plot was intriguing and the scenes were remarkable with their beauty but it was very […]

Alabama in a runaway or will SEC media get it wrong again?

The SEC Media Days are in the rearview mirror, but Alabama’s stature in the conference is so enormous, we can still see Big Al, the school’s mascot elephant, and hear “Roll Tide” from miles and miles away. Based on the votes of the media in its prediction of how the 2017 football campaign will end, […]

Can You Possess a Firearm While Drinking?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, people love their guns.  You may be a gun lover yourself.  You may have multiple guns and have your handgun carry permit. Not that long ago the laws were changed in Tennessee to allow gun owners more freedom to carry their guns at parks and in bars.  But what exactly […]

Unequal Educational Opportunities

Unequal Educational Opportunities

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education recently extended the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Ordinarily, the board would deserve commendation for such a thing; however, in this instance, they have created an unequal educational opportunity.  By doing so, they have invited scrutiny they cannot bear. From everything I have seen, the IB program […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

By Ray Hill When the Tennessee General Assembly reduced the number of Tennessee’s congressional seats from ten to nine, Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell had been displaced.  Mitchell’s home county of Cumberland had been placed in the heavily Republican Second District, which was represented by GOP Congressman J. Will Taylor.  “Hillbilly Bill” Taylor was considered unbeatable […]

Communication

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Communication is a delicate art, and unfortunately, too often taken for granted. Do words adequately convey our thoughts? You can read my words, but they are, at best, a reflection of my thoughts. Plato’s illusion of the cave comes to mind. Direct conversation is better than the written word because the […]

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