About Books

By Rosie Moore This is written on the flyleaf  of John Grisham’s newest book, “Sycamore Row”: “Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new handwritten will. It’s an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, […]

Axing my favorites

By Joe Rector Maybe it’s that I am more often grumpy these day, or perhaps it’s that I am more observant of the things that occur. Just maybe it’s because the filter that set a five-second delay between my thinking and saying things is gone. Whatever it is, I’ve discovered that some things just raise […]

A Day Away: Visiting Kefauver

By Mike Steely At first you might think that Madisonville, Tn. is just your typical little county seat. With it’s historic courthouse in the center of town, surrounded by shops and attorney offices, it might be any other small southern town. But it isn’t.   People have lived in Madisonville for hundreds of years. Some […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Two

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Two

By Ray Hill Congressman Sam D. McReynolds had first been elected in 1922 and had been reelected consistently ever since.  McReynolds had been highly popular in Tennessee’s Third Congressional district and he had routinely easily turned back every challenger inside the Democratic primary and the general election as well. When Senator Nathan L. Bachman died […]

Food For Thought

By Rosie Moore It’s amazing to me how God made sure His people had enough to eat. since the beginning of time. After the earth was created, what did He do next? He made a garden. A garden full of “seed-bearing plants” and “all the fruit trees for your food”. (Gen. 1:29). Well, we all […]

No news is good news

By Joe Rector joerector@comcast.net Here in the volunteer state, news stories dripped in over the last couple of week. Oh, Christmas and New Year’s Day have come, and a peppering of break-ins and fires have made the nightly news programs. For the most part, however, not much occurs during this time of year. The result […]

Reverse Mortgages

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law If the homeowners are both 62 or older and have sufficient equity in their home, they may be eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage loan.  A reverse mortgage is very different from other types of mortgages. Unlike traditional mortgages where the loan must be repaid every month, no […]

Vols help Cuonzo weather storm, outlook is brighter

By Steve Williams Criticism of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program was raining down after a disappointing 65-58 home loss to North Carolina State on Dec. 18. Some fans were even wanting to get the ball rolling to replace Cuonzo Martin with former coach Bruce Pearl before the Vols could rim out another 3-pointer, […]

The Agony of Defeat

By Alex Norman “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully As I watched the end to the final (thank you baby Jesus) BCS National Championship game, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for fans of the Auburn Tigers. Their team had a 21-3 advantage late in the first half, gave that up […]