Paying for College

By Joe Rector The news today reported student debt is closing in on $1 trillion, more than credit card debt which anemically trails at between $650-850 billion. ”Woe is us” seems to be the cry from the millions who have accrued debts for education. According to Bloomberg, college tuitions and fees have increased 1,120 percent […]

Focus on the Law: Sexual Harrassment

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Almost five decades ago, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Title VII of that act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII.  According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s […]

Internal Musings

By Dr. Jim Ferguson From time to time patients ask me if I do surgery.  Of course, what they mean is do I perform minor surgical procedures, since it is obvious I’m no surgeon.  I tell them, yes, I can biopsy spots on the skin, lance boils and sew up lacerations.  In medical school I […]

All of a sudden, Vols really need a point guard

By Steve Williams Remember the United States Army recruiting picture of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and declaring, “I Want You!” Keep that in mind as you read on, except substitute Cuonzo Martin for Uncle Sam and change “You” to point guard. Get the picture? “I want a point guard,” says the University of Tennessee […]

Basketball, Rabbits, and a Loving Mother

By Ralphine Major Her sons wore Nos. 40 and 42 on the Gibbs High School 1964-65 basketball team.  Virginia and her late husband, Clay Graves, were well-known leaders in the Gibbs Community.  Clay was active in the Ruritan Club and the Gibbs Community Club, but they were known especially for their rabbits— lots of them.  […]

Do What?

By Joe Rector It’s a world where I’m losing ground. I consider myself technologically educated, or at least I did until recently. That’s when my ignorance became glaringly obvious, and I suddenly felt old and as out of date as a Kodak Instamatic camera. My iPod Touch stopped working, and I visited the iPhone store […]

Focus on the Law: Identity Fraud

By Sharon Frankenberg According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Justice statistics, 11.7 million people were victims of identity theft between 2006 and 2008.  Congress made identity theft a federal crime in 1998 when it passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act.  This act made the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responsible […]

World-famous author Wally Lamb speaks to VMC

World-famous author  Wally Lamb speaks to VMC

By Joe Rector Best-selling author Wally Lamb did speak to an audience of 900 who attended the 2013 Carry the Torch Luncheon at the Knoxville Convention Center. It is sponsored by the Volunteer Ministry Center as a fundraiser for its programs. Lamb also mingled with a group the night before. Lamb’s most personal appearance occurred […]