Follicle Follies

By Joe Rector I’ll watch most anything on television, at least for a few minutes. Very little of what I view is offensive enough to make me change the channel or turn the set off. However, some commercials irk me to the point that I want to yell profanities at the screen. Many of those […]

Focus on the Law: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (Pt1)

This week I would like to provide you with an introduction to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  “Chapter 7” refers to that chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code which governs the liquidation type of bankruptcy. Liquidation is the sale of a debtor’s non-exempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors. Individuals, partnerships and corporations […]

Publisher’s Position: Ring Around the Rosie

By Steve Hunley If anybody ever needed any evidence of Superintendent James McIntyre’s penchant for making it up as he goes along, his dropping a proposal to fix the problems at Vine Middle School make it abundantly clear. It is generous to refer to McIntyre’s document a proposal when it more closely resembles a concept […]

2013 Vols Spring Football Preview: Offense

By Alex Norman Over the weekend the Tennessee Volunteers got spring practice underway.  It was the first time that new head coach Butch Jones got to see his team in a real, live practice session. Question marks abound for this group… a group coming off a third straight losing season. The offense loses their top […]

Recalling the good times of covering state basketball tourneys

By Steve Williams When I see yellow daffodils and forsythia bushes blooming in early spring it always reminds me that it’s time for the TSSAA state high school basketball tournaments. It’s that time now. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. For 15 years or so in the 1970s and 1980s, I had […]

A Cold Night in Murfreesboro

By Ralphine Major It was January of ‘65 and the undefeated Gibbs Eagles were in Middle Tennessee for a matchup with undefeated Murfreesboro. Principal Max Clendenen tried to open the door for the Gibbs group to enter the gym. A man stuck his head out and said, “Sorry, there is no more room. It is […]

Les Couleurs

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The world stands out on either side, no wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, no higher than the soul is high…” Edna St. Vincent Millay   I think it’s easier to comprehend the vastness of the ocean (and the world) from the deck of […]

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

By Ray Hill The South produced a number of successful demagogues, not the least of which was James K. Vardaman, a governor and senator from Mississippi.  At the height of his career, Vardaman was unquestionably the most popular politician in Mississippi. James Kimble Vardaman was born July 26, 1861, just as the Civil War commenced.  […]

The Doctor Is In: Winter Itch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson If you’ve got an itch, you’ve got to scratch it; but should you?  To borrow from the Bard, “To scratch, or not to scratch; that is the question.”  Maybe I’m focused on skin lately because my own nose is so red and painful.  Recently, my dermatologist prescribed a topical chemotherapy agent […]

Making Plans for Murfreesboro—Again

By Ralphine Major The 1964-65 Gibbs High School boys’ basketball team was having an exciting year.  Since their win over Livingston Academy before Christmas, they played six more games in January.  The team from the smallest school in the county was still undefeated.  Bob Dagley, Coach of the Eagles, got another call from the Murfreesboro […]