The Difference

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Thanksgiving is late this year, so my thankful thoughts are consequently a bit late in November. I am thankful for many things, certainly more than things I whine about, such as the aches and pains commensurate with traveling around in a body that is getting older. I didn’t say old, just […]

Snapper has dropped out of ‘Vandy hater’ rankings

By Steve Williams It’s “Hate Vandy Week,” but we won’t hear Snapper Morgan on a local sports radio-call-in show like we have regularly in the past. Snapper Morgan had risen to No. 3 on my list of “Vandy haters” over the years, trailing only the late George Cafego and No. 2 Joe Thompson. Cafego was […]

Irritating Words

By Joe Rector I taught English for 30 years. During that time, I corrected students’ grammatical mistakes and writing errors. Sometimes, they filled essays with flowery language or words which they couldn’t define. While I always believed that expanding a student’s vocabulary was a worthwhile endeavor, I refused to allow the person to write in […]

Special Day Ushers in Early Snow!

By Ralphine Major “Thank you for your service,” I said to the older gentleman sitting behind us at the restaurant. He was wearing a veterans’ cap. It was Monday, November 11, 2019, Veterans’ Day. The veteran was visiting from a neighboring county. He engaged in conversation about the geographic region, the Tennessee VOLS, and Veterans’ […]

Giving Thanks

By Rosie Moore “I want to take this minute, my Lord, to recite back to you as many things I can think of that you have done for me this day, this week, this month, this past year. You have done great things for me! May a spirit of rejoicing rise up in me as […]

The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story

By Steve Hunley The Gannett newspapers are heralding the “bipartisan” effort to repeal the signature legislation pushed by Governor Bill Lee and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly – – – the Educational Savings Accounts.  Bo Mitchell, a liberal Nashville Democrat, has filed a bill to repeal the ESA legislation in the next session of […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, IX

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, IX

By Ray Hill The very idea that anything but a Democrat could represent Tennessee’s Hermitage District in Congress seemed not only outlandish, but utterly unthinkable. The Fifth Congressional district of Tennessee was known as “the Hermitage District” because it contained the home of the founder of the Democratic Party, General Andrew Jackson. Congressman Joseph W. […]

Music to my ears

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a fan of many types of music. And I’m not alone in this appreciation which can at times be almost visceral. In fact, “music,” in the form of beating, drumming or rhythmic sounds predates human speech. The first sounds heard are those of a mother’s heartbeat, imprinted upon the soul […]

The last days of East Towne Mall

  By Mike Steely I took my wife and grandson to East Towne Mall recently, just after the owners announced it was closing at the end of January. Belk, the only big-box store left there, had announced it is closing this month and that store was packed with shoppers taking advantage of 85% off most […]

Vols’ infamous start may have historic finish

By Steve Williams A Tennessee football team that got off to one of the worse starts in school history now has a chance to have the best finish ever. From 0-2 and 1-4, including the embarrassing loss to Georgia State in the season opener, to a 5-5 record, that’s how far the Vols had come […]