Cold Play

By Joe Rector The past week saw winter rear its ugly head. A small amount of snow didn’t look like too much of a problem, but temperatures that stayed in the teens and twenties turned melting snow into sheets of ice. Anytime in my life that the white stuff stacks up outside, I’ve been out […]

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton emerged from the 1974 primary as the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. It had been a contentious primary in with twelve men competing for the nomination. Blanton had barely edged banker Jake Butcher to be the nominee. The Republicans had their own primary with Nat Winston, Dortch Oldham and Lamar Alexander running […]

An Open Letter to the University of Tennessee

By Alex Norman   Dear Sirs/Madams, Good day to you and yours on The Hill. I am a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee but I do not make donations to the college or the athletic programs so my connection to those in powerful positions is limited. Thus, the generic greeting. Please take this […]

Barnett, Dobbs and Vols make the best of Music City Bowl

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s 38-24 win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl amounted to putting a Band-Aid over its scratched up 2016 football season. It hid a little bit of the Vanderbilt beating, but the overall pain resulting from the scarred and injury-riddled campaign hasn’t completely gone away. It’ll take time and some big […]

Closing the old year

By Rosie Moore It is a sad time, the end of an old year, yet we try to liven it up by making resolutions, which we invariably don’t keep. A few days before January 1st, I saw in my little book, “My Daily Psalms and Prayers” a remarkable prayer that helped me cross from the […]

Family Arguments

By Joe Rector When people are together for any length of time, they are bound to argue. If they are family members, the spats are worse, sometimes even leading to fights. To be honest, most of those family quarrels begin over rather ridiculous things. Husbands and wives sometimes have disagreements. When Amy and I first […]

Facts about the United States Supreme Court

By Jedidiah McKeehan The United States Supreme Court is the highest body in the judicial system of the United States.  It is made up of nine justices, or judges, who hear cases involving primarily constitutional issues, and often they decide cases that affect us in our daily lives and interactions. How does a case get […]

Drugs, Diets and Doctors

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s that time of the year when resolutions fly. No, not Congressional resolutions, but vows to exercise more, eat better and lose the bounty of the Holidays preventing buttoning of pants and skirts. We live in a land of plenty, and without some restraint won’t be able to fit into an […]

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

By Ralphine Major She was a schoolteacher; he was a scoutmaster. “Their contributions to our families, our churches, and in our community have been selfless on their part and rewarding to our community,” Becky Calfee said. She is referring to Betty and Clayton Sharp, an outstanding couple of the Gibbs Community. Betty taught at Gibbs […]

Ray Blanton, Part Three

Ray Blanton, Part Three

By Ray Hill After having lost the 1972 race for the U. S. Senate to incumbent Howard Baker by a wide margin, Ray Blanton found himself out of Congress. Blanton returned to Tennessee and immediately began planting the seeds for an expected bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1974. Democrats were shocked by the […]

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