Dal Gene

By Joe Rector Dal Gene …that’s what everyone called him from birth until sometime after he went away to college. Then he became Dallas or Dal, and the “Gene” disappeared. Even at the young age of seventeen, he was older and much wiser than his years. According to our parents, this first-born child was almost […]

I Dreamed a Dream

By Rosie Moore Are you watching the Olympics? I hope so. Those fabulous, sometimes nerve-wracking, yet thrilling games between the most athletic young people in the world–and some not so young are awe-inspiring. Let’s talk about the ice skaters.  While some of them do have falling spills, most of them jump right up and keep […]

Publisher’s Position: State of the Schools Address Is More of the Same

By Steve Hunley Anyone expecting anything new in Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s annual State of the Schools address had to be terribly disappointed.  Recently, there has been an attempt to make McIntyre more human; the fact a public official who has been here six years needs to be humanized should be quite telling.  McIntyre […]

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

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

Estes Kefauver had quite nearly managed the impossible by getting himself elected to the United States Senate in 1948.  Kefauver took advantage of E. H. Crump’s mistake in refusing to back Senator Tom Stewart for reelection. The state of the national Democratic Party that year was divided beyond all hope.  President Harry Truman had been […]

Something Happens

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The other day my mother-in-law called me to say she’s been thinking about pharmaceutical development.  She wondered if this might be a topic for my column.  After our conversation I thought, how remarkable is the curiosity of this ninety-seven year old woman.  I can only hope that I remain inquisitive through […]

LOVE makes ‘a good team’

By Ralphine Major It was likely the most popular decade of our time.  Rock-n-roll music, poodle skirts, and bobby socks were images of the fifties.  Eisenhower was our nation’s leader, “Don’t Be Cruel” was made popular by a young Elvis, “Tennessee Waltz” topped the charts, and Dean Martin’s “Memories are Made of This” all helped […]

Todd Kelly Jr. Stays Home

By Alex Norman It used to be a day of surprises… but more and more, National Signing Day… the day high school football players sign their Letters of Intent to play at the college level, is a coronation and not an announcement. Most players make up their mind weeks or months before the big day. […]

Super blowout could turn out to be Peyton’s last game

By Steve Williams The biggest worry going into Super Bowl XLVIII was the weather. But that turned out to be the least of worries. Still, the most watched game of the year in all of sports was a disaster, if you were pulling for the Denver Broncos and specifically Peyton Manning, as so many of […]

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 […]