The Problem(s) With Tennessee Football

By Alex Norman A month ago all was well in the world of Tennessee football. An 11 game losing streak to the Florida Gators was snapped with a dominant second half performance at Neyland Stadium.  The Vols then beat Georgia on an improbable “Hail Mary” pass from Joshua Dobbs to Jauan Jennings. Tennessee was 5-0 […]

How will we choose?

By Joe Rector By the time this piece appears in the paper, the national election will begin in less than a day. Plenty of people are saying, “Thank God!” Others, like me, who are political junkies, will pace all day long and fret until the final vote counting is finished. In the end, a new […]

The Die is Cast

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In 49 BC Julius Caesar stood on the bank of the Rubicon River which marked the northern border of Italy. The ruling elite of Rome demanded that Caesar surrender his army, come to Rome and be tried for treason. If he refused, civil war would ensue. After meditation Caesar told his […]

The Truth About Candy

By Rosie Moore Well, Hallowe’en is over and all the candy was dumped out of the kids’ bags and littered on the living room rug. Candies were divided up and even Moms and Dads were allowed to pick a piece. Parents of young children have control of these candy bags but older children find ways […]

One Nation Under God

By Ralphine Major “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (KJV). Perhaps in these last days leading up to Election Day in America, we can draw inspiration […]

Do I have to sign a traffic citation?

By Jed McKeehan When you are pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, or some other traffic violation, you will be told why you are being cited and you will be asked to sign the traffic citation as proof you understand the violations you have committed. But, do you really have to sign […]

Do we need Daylight Saving Time?

By Rosie Moore During his time as an envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin, publisher of the old English proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” anonymously published a letter suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. This 1784 satire proposed taxing shelters, […]

Halloween was work

By Joe Rector As soon as October arrived, folks were decorating houses and purchasing costumes for the celebration of Halloween. I’ve always been amazed at the keen interest poured out for the day. It wasn’t like that in my world. Halloween was simply a time each year for kids to get out of the house […]

Is Barnes on the way out or on the way up?

By Steve Williams Mixed feelings have been circulating throughout Big Orange Country lately about UT men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes. By the way, that’s UT as in Tennessee, not Texas, where Barnes spent the biggest part of his successful coaching career. Some are saying the 62-year-old Barnes is coaching from a rocking chair, a clock […]

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