OnPoint Community Credit Union honors local teachers at award ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Emily Ferguson, K-8 Educator of the Year from Winterhaven School; Rob Stuart, President/CEO OnPoint Community Credit Union; Darlyn Chester on behalf of Doug Beardsley, 9-12 Educator of the Year from Reynolds High School


By Dr. Jim Ferguson How did you become what you are? This may seem an enigmatic question, but it is at the heart of two human yearnings; namely, where did we come from and what is our purpose? Philosophy, and considerations of Creation aside, it is obvious we come from our parents. They in turn […]

Is Kahlil McKenzie ready to take next step?

By Alex Norman   It is cliché, but there is still truth to the old adage that championships are won in football on the front lines.  Tennessee’s defensive line has the potential to be dominant, but right now it isn’t anywhere near full strength.  Key contributors like Derek Barnett, Shy Tuttle and Kyle Phillips missed […]

Thomas P Gore: Oklahoma’s Blind Senator

Thomas P Gore: Oklahoma’s Blind Senator

By Ray Hill Tennesseans recall our own two senators named Gore, but there was another, who was apparently a distant cousin, Thomas Pryor Gore. T. P. Gore accomplished much and enjoyed a long and successful career in spite of being blind. Gore had suffered two different childhood accidents that left him completely blind. Thomas P. […]

School Board Votes to Approve Amended Disparities Resolution

By Sally Absher   The draft Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Report and Recommendations were discussed at length during three Board of Education meetings in the past two weeks. Over the past 18 months, the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) task force conducted a comprehensive review of data including: school and district demographics; academic […]

The Chalk Board for June 6, 2016

By Sally Absher   Farewell to Board of Education Student Rep Sydney Gabrielson Sydney Gabrielson ended her tenure as the Student Representative on the Board of Education on June 1. A 2016 graduate of Bearden High School, she served as Editor in Chief of the school annual, vice president of the student body, founder of […]

Thumped by an eight year old

By Joe Rector I took my grandson Madden back home the other day. He’d come to our house during Memorial Day and stayed a while after his parents went back to Nashville and to work. Any time with the boy is pure gold, even if I’m weary by the time he leaves. During this trip […]

A fine evangelist

By Rosie Moore When I was first married many, many years ago, my husband and I would cruise in the car almost every weekend. One time I suggested that I wanted to hear Billy Graham preach. So, on we went. Traveling from Manheim, Pennsylvania to Ocean City, Maryland was quite a trek, but nothing deterred […]

Back to the Future

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I grew up watching Looney Tunes cartoons. Every generation laments their “good ole days,” but the modern version of children’s television is vastly different from the old escapades of Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn. I’m no expert on education, but I’m supposed to pay attention to what my grandson, […]

Baylor… Mississippi State… Who’s Next for Moral Failings?

By Alex Norman If you ever wonder if there will come a day when most of college athletics will be a place in which the adults do the right thing… save your mental energy. That day will never come. The most high profile recent examples come from Waco and Starkville… two cities that aren’t exactly […]

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