The Curse of Kiffin Won’t Let Go

By Alex Norman “She’s not gonna let us out.” That was the memorable line from George Clooney’s character, ship captain Frank W. “Billy” Tyne, Jr., in “The Perfect Storm.”  The Andrea Gail was fighting valiantly, but the storm was not going to allow the fishing vessel to escape. Admit it, Tennessee fans… you thought that […]

Basketball, Rabbits, and A Loving Mother (Part II)

By Ralphine Major He often set a screen for his teammates placing himself between them and the defense.  Those screens accounted for many of the 2-point shots that helped the Gibbs Eagles on their way to winning 31 games during the 1964-65 season. As an eighth grader, Ron Graves played for Coach Dwane Ritter on […]

Paying for College

By Joe Rector The news today reported student debt is closing in on $1 trillion, more than credit card debt which anemically trails at between $650-850 billion. ”Woe is us” seems to be the cry from the millions who have accrued debts for education. According to Bloomberg, college tuitions and fees have increased 1,120 percent […]

Focus on the Law: Sexual Harrassment

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Almost five decades ago, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Title VII of that act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII.  According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s […]

Internal Musings

By Dr. Jim Ferguson From time to time patients ask me if I do surgery.  Of course, what they mean is do I perform minor surgical procedures, since it is obvious I’m no surgeon.  I tell them, yes, I can biopsy spots on the skin, lance boils and sew up lacerations.  In medical school I […]

All of a sudden, Vols really need a point guard

By Steve Williams Remember the United States Army recruiting picture of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and declaring, “I Want You!” Keep that in mind as you read on, except substitute Cuonzo Martin for Uncle Sam and change “You” to point guard. Get the picture? “I want a point guard,” says the University of Tennessee […]

Basketball, Rabbits, and a Loving Mother

By Ralphine Major Her sons wore Nos. 40 and 42 on the Gibbs High School 1964-65 basketball team.  Virginia and her late husband, Clay Graves, were well-known leaders in the Gibbs Community.  Clay was active in the Ruritan Club and the Gibbs Community Club, but they were known especially for their rabbits— lots of them.  […]

Do What?

By Joe Rector It’s a world where I’m losing ground. I consider myself technologically educated, or at least I did until recently. That’s when my ignorance became glaringly obvious, and I suddenly felt old and as out of date as a Kodak Instamatic camera. My iPod Touch stopped working, and I visited the iPhone store […]