The Summitt Legacy: A Personal Perspective

By Tasha Mahurin One can’t properly pen a series about the heritage of the University of Tennessee’s athletics program without paying tribute to Lady Vols basketball Coach Pat Summitt. I began this series with a goal to highlight unsung heroes from the University’s past; however, Summitt’s legacy extends far beyond this journalist’s earnest efforts towards […]

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2013

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law A bit of good news if you are one of the nearly 62 million Americans who receive monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be a 1.7 percent benefit increase for 2013. This is to adjust for an increase […]

Coffee and Content

By Sarah Baker Unlike lots of other folks, I am a morning person.  I like to go to bed early and get up early.  If I am going to work out regularly, it has got to be in the morning and I always have a better day if I go to the gym before work.  […]

American dream could quickly become nightmare

By Richie Beeler I love America. I lover her history and the principles on which she was founded. I fly her flag every day, rain or shine. But lately, it’s been raining in America. And a much bigger storm is coming. You probably heard quite a bit about a so-called “fiscal cliff” America could be […]

The Secret of Life

By Joe Rector Most people raved about Inaugural performances by Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, and I thought they both sang inspiring versions of the songs presented, even though some carped about Beyonce’s lip-syncing. The truth is that James Taylor’s performance resonated the most with me. I searched for his version of “America” on iTunes without […]

Keela

By Ralphine Major “Have you heard the weather forecast?” the gentleman asked me as I was picking out produce at the grocery store.  “We’re getting snow,” he added as he gathered a bag of fruit.  A hint of excitement was in the air as folks waited for the first snowfall of the season.  The next […]

Carter Glass of Virginia

Carter Glass of Virginia

By Ray Hill Rixey Smith, Senator Carter Glass’s long-time Secretary, wrote a flattering biography of his boss entitled “Unreconstructed Rebel: Carter Glass” and that Glass certainly was.  Indeed, it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself who had labeled Glass an “unreconstructed rebel,” emphasizing the Virginian’s frequent dissents from prevailing public policy. Carter Glass was born […]

The Doctor Is In: Passing On

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My brother sent me a text saying that our friend had “passed-on.”  This was not an unexpected announcement since Mitchell was in a Hospice program ending a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.  In forty years of medical care I’ve only known two patients who have survived this scourge, and unfortunately Mitchell […]

Dual-threat quarterbacks take center stage this season

By Steve Williams Dual-threat quarterbacks stole the spotlight in football this season. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football” as he is better known, became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. In the NFL, rookies Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks dazed defenses and […]