Focus on the Law: Perjury

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Perjury is a crime categorized in Tennessee as an offense against the administration of government.  Legal proceedings rely on the statements of witnesses, both verbal and written.  The foundation of our legal system depends on trust and credibility.  Those who abuse that trust and get caught may find themselves […]

Gov. Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise’ Deserves Legislature’s Support

By Steve Hunley Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his “Tennessee Promise” plan in his State of the State address. Evidently, the governor had not previously shared his plan with the members of the General Assembly, as one could hear an audible gasp from the audience. That particular reaction is easy to understand, as the governor’s plan […]

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

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

By Ray Hill   Congressman Estes Kefauver had seriously contemplated challenging Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1946.  After exploring the possibility of running against McKellar, Kefauver decided the seventy-seven year old incumbent was still too strong to beat.  Kefauver turned his sights on the seat held by Tennessee’s other senator, Tom Stewart. Stewart had first […]

Being There

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s late afternoon as I begin this essay with snow falling and the world quiet.  Snow absorbs sound and causes people to slow down as winter dampens the world with its whiteness.  Becky loves snow, and so do I, especially with a cozy fire, good company and enough of things that […]

A Day Away: Arlington Mansion

By Mike Steely If you’ve ever been to the Arlington National Cemetery, located just across the river from our nation’s capital, I’ll bet you didn’t know the history of the large white mansion on top of the hill. It overlooks downtown Washington and is almost surrounded by graves of our nation’s military veterans. If you […]

A few words of wisdom

By Rosie Moore The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. A good time […]

Three Uncles

By Joe Rector Something about family warms our hearts, even though all of us have plenty of ghosts in our closets. Those relatives bring more happiness than sadness, more good memories than bad dreams. I’ve been thinking of three uncles, my mother’s brothers, and saying a silent “thank you” for their presence in my […]

Holston Middle to Present Disney’s ‘Aladdin Junior’

By Ralphine Major You may have seen them at area malls or at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Wherever they perform, they are sure to draw a crowd. Organized in 2009, the Holston Middle School Kids in America Show Choir will be performing “Disney’s Aladdin Junior” on February 6-8, 2014, at the Holston Middle School Auditorium. […]

Focus on the law: State Income Tax

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law You may have heard that one of the many reasons the Great State of Tennessee is an especially wonderful place in which to live and do business is because it does not have an income tax.  This is not completely accurate.  True, there is no tax on earned income […]

A nice wish, a Super question and snow days at Rec Hall

By Steve Williams A little over 48 hours after Florida handed the Tennessee men’s basketball team its worst defeat of the season, a voice was heard in the darkness: “Right now I just wish fans would stay on board with this team and this coach.” Maybe you heard the comment, like I did. In case […]