How we used to do it

By Joe Rector This world doesn’t look too familiar to some of us older folks. From music to technology, the dramatic changes leave us puzzled and asking, “Huh?” Even relationships between boys and girls are different. In another century, teens who liked each other began dating. This is how we used to do it. Boys […]

Wanderlust

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. Travel certainly does this because so much is unpredictable, even with planning. My dad was a travel planner, a Francophile and an oenophile (your words of the week). He loved to meticulously plan his trips to the French wine country. I’m […]

Percy Priest, The Unlikely Congressman

By Ray Hill   Percy Priest was an unlikely candidate for Congress and faced daunting odds to get to the House of Representatives in the first place.  Yet once there, he remained there until the day he died. Percy Priest was once described by William “Fishbait” Miller, Doorkeeper of the U. S. House of Representatives, […]

Vols can gain more from beating Georgia than Florida this year

By Steve Williams Despite how much Tennessee football fans want to end that 10-game losing streak to Florida, SEC Eastern Division favorite Georgia is the team they should be circling on their calendars this coming season. I really don’t believe the Bulldogs can overcome a loss in Knoxville on Oct. 10. That would give the […]

Odds and Ends

By Rosie Moore I am reading, “Go, Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. That phrase can be found in the Bible,  the book of Isaiah, chapter 21, verse six. I think I’ll have to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” again to get the sense  of continuity that Ms. Harper is trying to convey in this […]

Focus on the Law: Criminal Injuries Compensation Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Tennessee certain state laws provide for innocent victims of violent crime to receive compensation.  The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1976 provides that eligible victims of crimes may get compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.  This fund is supported through fines, penalties and fees paid by criminals […]

The Chalk Board: July 27, 2015

By Sally Absher 6th, 9th Grade Orientation August 7 On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 8 a.m.-noon, the Knox County Schools will hold student orientations for rising sixth and ninth graders to help transition those students into middle and high school. Orientations will be held at all middle and high schools where the students are based. […]

You Picked a Fine to Leave Me, Chris Barbic…

By Sally Absher As maligned and unpopular as Knox County Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre has been, he must take some comfort in the fact that he’s not quite as despised as Chris Barbic, the contentious superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD). But McIntyre’s fellow Broad Superintendent Academy alumni Barbic recently announced he […]

Our Gerber Baby

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Old photographs convince me that the love and joy for my two girls was comparable to what I currently feel for my grandchildren. I’m thankful that I have these pictures to help me recall memories which have faded over three decades. These days people use the cameras in smart phones […]

Parade of Tractors

By Ralphine Major How long could it take to look at a tractor or two?  Longer than I had gauged!  There were tractors dating back to 1935, an orchard tractor with large fenders over the tractor tires, and a museum-like collection of antiques.  Our mother was most impressed with the miner’s lunchbox, probably because her […]

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