The Cuonzo Quandary

By Alex Norman This was supposed to be the season that the Tennessee Volunteers returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. There wasn’t going to be any “bubble” talk this time around. The Vols returned one of the SEC’s top scorers in senior guard Jordan McRae. They had forward Jarnell Stokes […]

Old Punishment Revisited

By Joe Rector I watched “Good Morning Joe” recently, and one short segment discussed a bill in Kansas that allows spanking. It says the teachers and parents may spank a child and leave marks. Prior to this bill, spanking was allowed only if it didn’t leave any marks or redness. The entire conversation struck me […]

Focus on the Law: Grandparents’ visitation rights

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The issue of grandparents’ visitation rights has been addressed by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000). In that case, an unmarried couple had two daughters. The couple’s relationship ended in 1991 and the father committed suicide in 1993. Until […]

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

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

  By Ray Hill Aside from the dislike he endured from his senior colleague, K. D. McKellar, Estes Kefauver’s first few years in the United States Senate were reasonably pleasant. Kefauver, like McKellar, tended to constituent service and attending committee meetings. The two Tennessee senators frequently disagreed over patronage, with McKellar coming out ahead to […]

A ‘Staycation’ at Blount Mansion

By Mike Steely We’ve had a weird winter and it seems it is ice and snow every other week with very little sun and warmth in between. It’s a good time to take a day away from the house and get downtown to visit some of the city’s by-gone days. There are lots of things […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part VI): Life on the farm

By Ralphine Major He scored over 2,000 points in both his high school and college careers.  He became a college All-American and was later named to Carson-Newman’s Team of the Century.  He played softball for 22 years and was named to the Knoxville Softball Hall of Fame.  Despite his achievements in athletics, however, Tommy Everette […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson When I started my sabbatical a friend advised me to be careful and not provoke my wife.  I assured her that a married man north of sixty knows the rules.  Becky and I have a successful marriage and the key aspect is equality strengthened by the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 4:12.  Though […]

Carter Hornets are state’s top-scoring basketball team

By Steve Williams The old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” comes to mind when considering what Carter High School’s boys basketball team has done on the court this season. The Hornets, under new coach Joby Boydstone, didn’t win the District 3-AA regular season championship, but they averaged 92.3 points […]

You Mad Bro? Local Sports Talk Radio Anger Grows

By Alex Norman Consistent readers of this column have noticed how much joy I get from local sports talk radio shows.  I don’t have official confirmation, but at last count I believe that there are approximately 493 local sports talk radio shows that folks can listen to in the Knoxville market. Former Vols, including Erik […]