A Day Away: Pikeville, Tennessee: Rest in Pieces

By Mike Steely John Murrell died a young man but in his brief lifetime he had ventured across Tennessee and Kentucky and raised a lot of fear, murdered a few folks, stolen from many others, and left his stamp on our history and legends. Murrell was born about 1806, some say in Virginia and some […]

With this ring

By Joe Rector I’m fascinated by business pitches on television. Some of them, such as E Trade or Aflac, are funny. Others like Northern toilet paper or Viagra are nothing short of inappropriate. One thing is for sure: none of them paint life as it really exists. One particular subject confounds me. It’s the commercial […]

Publisher’s Position: Some Things that the Legislature Needs to Fix

By Steve Hunley Despite some claims to the contrary, there are some things the Tennessee General Assembly needs to fix. Our superintendent of schools has loudly proclaimed his support for the evaluation system of teachers, which was enacted in Nashville.  Frankly, Dr. Jim McIntyre’s support for the new evaluation system is less because he thinks […]

Focus on the Law: Help for victims of domestic violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence occurs across all segments of our society, regardless of race, education, income or sexual orientation.  Whether you are aware of it or not, you likely have neighbors who are or have been victims of domestic violence.  My hope is that you will take something from this […]

Dylan ‘dusts’ off the veteran drag racers

Gibbs High junior to run at Pomona in NHRA finals By Steve Williams California, Here I Come! That’s the feeling around Dylan Kiser’s family these days. Kiser’s outstanding career as a junior drag racer ended quietly in the National Hot Rod Association Division 2 Bracket Finals October 3-6 in Atlanta, but before that weekend was […]

The Doctor is in: Varmints

By Dr. Jim Ferguson October in Knoxville is wonderful– or as they say in Italian, “bellissimo.”  About the time you get sick of one season, another comes along.  I went out the other day and I felt it.  The cooler, dryer weather made me know “Fall is in the air.”  I’ve been on five continents […]

Catching up with Tyson Clabo

By Alex Norman There are few athletes from East Tennessee that have accomplished as much in their professional careers as Tyson Clabo, a 2000 graduate of Farragut High School. But because his trade is a rather anonymous one, on the offensive line in the National Football League, his achievements have gone unnoticed to many. “East […]

A 3-3 finish and Vols will go bowling

By Steve Williams It’s halftime of the 2013 University of Tennessee football season and the Vols are 3-3. That’s no big surprise. But UT easily could be 5-1 right now and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference. On the other hand, they could be 2-4 overall. Let’s look back. Tennessee began the Butch Jones era against Austin […]

A Day Away: Knoxville’s Presidential Streets

By Mike Steely Seems Jimmy Carter can’t get much respect, doesn’t it? Although the peanut farmer and nuclear scientist from Georgia is one of the presidents of our nation to get a street named for him in our fair city, the street is only a couple of blocks long and, with the construction there, the […]