Focus on the Law: Foster Care Overhaul in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In 2000, a federal class action lawsuit known as the Brian A. Case was filed in Nashville on behalf of all children in state custody.  At that time the number of children in the custody of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was more than 9,000.  The lawsuit alleged […]

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel does nothing better than pontificate, telling us all what we ought to think. The Sentinel recently pontificated on the glorious news the Chamber of Commerce is banging away and steadily improving our local economy almost singlehandedly. Of course Patrick Birmingham, the publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel, also […]

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Congressman Albert Gore’s independent streak had not set well with President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was not one to value independence in a legislator and tended to have a vindictive streak. As World War II raged on, there were rumblings that Gore would draw a serious opponent inside the Fourth Congressional district. One […]

Captain of the Ship

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I have more to say after I’ve finished an essay.  This week I was going to write about new research on the mechanisms of aging, but the turmoil in our nation and the lies of our leaders can’t go unchallenged.  So I’ll stick my neck out again as the battle […]

All Roads Lead to Clapp’s Chapel

By Ralphine Major It is often referred to as the “Chapel,” though most folks in the community know it as Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Nestled among large cedar trees, it is a landmark located along a bend on Emory Road in Corryton.  Driving out Clapp’s Chapel Road, I can see the church cemetery at […]

After bowling, how about some dancing?

By Steve Williams Just like Tennessee’s football program is trying to end a bowl drought this season, the basketball Vols are aiming to make it back to the NCAA tournament. I’m not going to say Cuonzo Martin is on the hot seat, but it is very important for him to be dancing come March. Another […]

Webb outlasts Catholic 34-7

By Alex Norman According to Google, Webb School and Knoxville Catholic High School are only separated by 1.9 miles. These days the power in their rivalry is located on the west side of that roadway. On Thursday, October 24th, the Spartans beat the Fighting Irish 34-7, their fifth straight victory in the series. The Spartans […]

October

By Rosie Moore I think if I were to take a poll of what is a person’s favorite season in our monthly walk through the year; I would get a host of replies. There are many who would say, “spring” for who doesn’t like the re-awakening of the earth after a cold and icy winter? […]

Unemployment mine field

By Joe Rector Since the demise of the U.S. economy in 2008, too many Americans have lost their jobs. In Tennessee 424,000 parents have lost them, and that number doesn’t include the people who are no longer looking for work. (Kids Count Data Center) It’s a sad situation, one that breaks the hearts, hopes, and […]

Focus on the Law: Judicial Selection: The Tennessee Plan

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Would it surprise you to hear that the majority of our appellate judges in Tennessee will be up for a “yes-no” retention election in August 2014?  Voters may select whether or not to keep each judge listed on the ballot in office.  Appellate judges include judges on the Court […]