Least of these

By Sarah Baker It was sixth grade, and I probably weighed sixty pounds soaking wet.  The rowdy cafeteria was being monitored by Coach Mike White, whose piercing blue-eyed stare and thunderous voice left no need for a whistle or a megaphone.  I was hungry and grouchy, looking at the length of the line from the […]

It’s (not so) great to be a Tennessee Vol

Hamilton’s unfortunate legacy lives on at UT By Richie Beeler The University of Tennessee athletic department is approximately $200 million in debt with a cash reserve of $1.95 million, according to a report from CBS Sports released last week. That puts UT in the worst financial shape of any athletic department in the Southeastern Conference, […]

Hiram W. Johnson of California

Hiram W. Johnson of California

  By Ray Hill Few politicians enjoyed the lengthy career Hiram W. Johnson carved out in California.  Johnson’s time in public office was stormy, yet he remained enduringly popular.  By the time of his death in 1945, Hiram Johnson was a living icon in his home state. Johnson was born on September 2, 1866, the […]

The Doctor Is In: Freedoms

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In the late 17th century the English philosopher John Locke wrote a treatise on what would become known as the “social contract.”  In his paper Locke influenced many Enlightenment thinkers, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote our Declaration of Independence.  Jefferson echoed Locke stating, “governments are instituted of men deriving their just […]

Former Vol Heads to the Super Bowl

By Alex Norman The time Morgan Cox spent with the Vols was perhaps the most diverse period in program history. During the three seasons Cox was the starting long snapper for Tennessee, the Vols were one quarter away from an SEC championship (2007), then they fired Phillip Fulmer (2008), and that was followed by Lane […]

The Summitt Legacy: A Personal Perspective

By Tasha Mahurin One can’t properly pen a series about the heritage of the University of Tennessee’s athletics program without paying tribute to Lady Vols basketball Coach Pat Summitt. I began this series with a goal to highlight unsung heroes from the University’s past; however, Summitt’s legacy extends far beyond this journalist’s earnest efforts towards […]

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2013

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law A bit of good news if you are one of the nearly 62 million Americans who receive monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be a 1.7 percent benefit increase for 2013. This is to adjust for an increase […]

Coffee and Content

By Sarah Baker Unlike lots of other folks, I am a morning person.  I like to go to bed early and get up early.  If I am going to work out regularly, it has got to be in the morning and I always have a better day if I go to the gym before work.  […]

American dream could quickly become nightmare

By Richie Beeler I love America. I lover her history and the principles on which she was founded. I fly her flag every day, rain or shine. But lately, it’s been raining in America. And a much bigger storm is coming. You probably heard quite a bit about a so-called “fiscal cliff” America could be […]

The Secret of Life

By Joe Rector Most people raved about Inaugural performances by Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, and I thought they both sang inspiring versions of the songs presented, even though some carped about Beyonce’s lip-syncing. The truth is that James Taylor’s performance resonated the most with me. I searched for his version of “America” on iTunes without […]