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 […]

Peyton Manning’s Playoff Struggles

By Alex Norman On Sunday, February 3rd, Super Bowl XLVII (47 for the Greek numeral impaired) will be played in New Orleans. And Peyton Manning won’t be taking any snaps under center. It would have been a story book conclusion to a remarkable comeback.  After missing the entire 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries (the […]

Clevenger puts Vol Basketball on the map and a rivalry is born

By Tasha Mahurin Zora G. Clevenger took over as head coach for the University of Tennessee’s football program in 1911 and three years later led the Volunteers to both a 9-0 season and a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title on the gridiron. However, until the Robert Neyland era, the University’s football coach also served as […]

Our Wildlife Visitors

<a href=”mailto:ralphine3@yahoo.com”>By Ralphine Major</a> They are nature’s beauty at its best and most often seen on Christmas cards or in wildlife  magazines.  But, Mother Nature may be found in our own back yard.  An occasional sighting in the dead of winter can bring a spark of life to dark, dreary days.  Sometimes, I nearly miss […]

Publisher’s Position: Boyd Excellent Choice

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Governor Bill Haslam recently announced the appointment of Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd as Special Advisor on higher education.  Boyd, founder and owner of Radio Systems Corporation, has given both generously of his time and money to help education. Boyd has yet again demonstrated his commitment to education in our community by […]

Publisher’s Position: When The Wobbly Cobbles Come

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Last week I happened to be listening to the Hallerin Hill program, although I will confess it is not a program I listen to often.  Hallerin Hilton Hill that morning had a premise that was actually interesting; he was inviting callers to share their views on the national debt.  Mr. Hill […]