Thoughts for 2016

By Rosie Moore Shopping is finished, baking is finished, decorating is finished, wrapping is finished, and that great day has arrived and went. Toasts have been raised and scrumptious feasts have been partaken. How the time flew! And what is left? Empty feelings, sorrowful thoughts, perhaps, a feeling of let-down? Don’t be discouraged, good feelings […]

Why I’m Done With Fantasy Football

By Alex Norman That’s it.  I’m done.  It’s over. I can’t take the losing, the heartache and the pain. No, I’m not a Tennessee fan refusing to sign up for season tickets again after yet another season in which the Vols lost to rivals Florida or Alabama. I’m talking about fantasy football. I’m not going […]

Real Tennessee fans yearn for days of big-time bowl games

By Steve Williams Real Tennessee football fans don’t get caught up in all the bowl hype, or at least they shouldn’t. The truth of the matter is the Vols haven’t played in a major bowl game since Jan. 1, 2005, when Tennessee, led by Rick Clausen, pummeled Texas A&M 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl. It […]

The Present

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Ordinarily I don’t care for end of the year reviews. To me they imply torpid journalism. But, I’m not a journalist; I’m a columnist. So here’s a look at the present instead of the past. Actually, a “year in review” might not be too bad if full of pictures. However, my […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate, Part III

By Ray Hill Harry Truman’s miraculous campaign for president in 1948 has become part of American political lore.  Just about every American who can see has seen the famous picture of a beaming Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the headline blaring “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Yet 1948 was not the most […]

New Deal for Butch Jones… The Right Move?

By Alex Norman Welcome to the four million dollar club, Butch Jones! Last week Tennessee announced that the Vols football coach was receiving a $500,000 raise, bringing his total compensation up to $4.1 million per season.  Jones is under contract through the 2020 season. In a statement released by the University of Tennessee’s Sports Information […]

Home For Christmas

By Ralphine Major “It was a goal,” he said of the three words:  “Home for Christmas.”  The very thought of getting home in time for Christmas kept hope alive.  Hope was important for someone thousands of miles from home.  It was especially important for someone trying to survive in a foreign land fighting a war.  […]

Christmas Offers Us Hope

By Joe Rector Well, it’s here. Little ones thought the time would never come; some adults wished it hadn’t. Either way, Christmas is upon us. The year has been a tough one for us, but in spite of the bad, something magical occurs when this time of year arrives. Our challenges in life are many, […]

A Life Remembered

By Rosie Moore People who write have a tendency to include feelings, happenings, and thoughts that occurred during their lifetimes and I’m sure Charles Dickens was a great forebear of that tendency. Born in 1812 in Portsmouth, London, he was an English writer and social critic, creating some of the world’s best fictional characters. He […]

The Chalk Board for December 21, 2015

By Sally Absher State Attorney General Re-Affirms Prior Opinion on KCS Superintendent’s Contract Last Wednesday, the Knox County Law Department forwarded a letter from the State Attorney General’s office to the School Board and County Commission. In that letter, the AG re-affirmed his prior opinion regarding the Knox County BOE Contract with the Director of […]

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