I can only get better

By Joe Rector On more than one occasion, I’ve stated my dislike for resolutions. We all make them after much reflection and deliberation but break them with blinding speed. Most of the things we vow to change about ourselves deal with personal growth: read more, eat less, exercise daily, quit a habit. For the majority […]

What is a Register of Deeds?

By Jedidah McKeehan One of the weird terms we have in the legal field is the term, “Register of Deeds.”  What in the world does this term mean that gets thrown around so regularly? The Register of Deeds is an elected county position.  Quite literally, it means that the elected official is the person who […]

Wintry Weather

By Rosie Moore Winter is the season when the whole world seems to go to sleep. The weather is cold, the ground is hard, and the trees and plants seem to be dead. Since there is little else to do, it is a time that is conducive to working hard, and the weather seems to […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations, V

Tennessee and the League of Nations, V

By Ray Hill Despite intense pressure from constituents and his own political party, Senator John Knight Shields of Tennessee remained determined to vote his convictions as the United States Senate considered the Treaty of Versailles. John Knight Shields had been the only Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to break ranks and support the […]

Happiness 2020

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I was ready for a new year. But, as I watched the descending ball in Times Square usher in baby 2020, I asked myself, will things be any different after midnight December 31 than before? My wife has a motto, “Attitude is a choice; choose a good one.” Perhaps if we […]

Fort Loudoun Tour drawing near

By Mike Steely Did you know that Fort Loudoun in Vonore was the first British outpost on the west side of the mountains? The fort, built in 1759, was in the middle of the Overhill Cherokee Towns and was abandoned by the British whose march back to the colonies ended in tragedy. There’s lots of […]

Vols edge Hoosiers in Gator Bowl

By Alex Norman Well, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a much needed bowl game victory for Tennessee. The Vols rallied from a 13 point deficit in the 4th quarter to edge Indiana 23-22 on January 2nd in Jacksonville. It was Tennessee’s first bowl game victory since 2016, and helped them finish the 2019 season […]

Never-say-die Vols turn things around again

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s performance in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl was much like its regular season. An ugly start with a beautiful ending. The Vols got inside Indiana’s 10-yardline on their first two possessions Thursday night and came away with three points. UT fans were feeling down in the dumps, much like they did […]

1920 to 2020

By Rosie Moore One of my favorite axioms is “better late than never” which describes me perfectly. I meant to send this article in before New Year’s Day, but this computer thought otherwise. But I was able to come to terms with it and it was given back to me. My mother was six years […]

An Unexpected Turn of Events

By Joe Rector Last week, I didn’t send in a column for the paper. Christmas was a hectic time for us, even more so than in years gone by. We planned to have new flooring laid in our house sometime around Thanksgiving, but a three-week delay in the product delivery meant the guys installing the […]