Publisher’s Position: Boyd Excellent Choice

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Governor Bill Haslam recently announced the appointment of Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd as Special Advisor on higher education.  Boyd, founder and owner of Radio Systems Corporation, has given both generously of his time and money to help education. Boyd has yet again demonstrated his commitment to education in our community by […]

Publisher’s Position: When The Wobbly Cobbles Come

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Last week I happened to be listening to the Hallerin Hill program, although I will confess it is not a program I listen to often.  Hallerin Hilton Hill that morning had a premise that was actually interesting; he was inviting callers to share their views on the national debt.  Mr. Hill […]

Is third Obama term a possibility?

By Richie Beeler The re-election of Barack Obama less than three months ago left conservatives wondering if one of their ilk would ever be elected to the presidency again. The election of 2012 once again proved America is a nation with a deep ideological divide. But the results suggest that divide is drifting slowly but […]

Sunday Night Popcorn

By Joe Rector In another universe and another time, Sunday was a day of rest. It was a day that defined the end of a hard week of work and school. That Sabbath was filled with some of the most comfortable and reassuring things for every member of the family. My parents took us to […]

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

By Ray Hill   For decades the Bankhead family was one of the most politically prominent in the state.  Today, perhaps the best-known member of the family is the late actress Tallulah Bankhead, yet Miss Bankhead’s father William was Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives while her Uncle John was the United States […]

Gospel is greatest offense to state-run church

By Richie Beeler There’s a new church emerging in America. It’s the one your founding fathers feared most. The religion that is rearing its head in the 21st century bears little resemblance to the one protected by the First Amendment. There is no protection for this one. Or from it. America now has what amounts […]

The Doctor Is In: Nostrums and Notions

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and found something unidentifiable in a Tupperware container?  There’s a great line by Walter Matthau in the Odd Couple movie.  His character Oscar is hosting a poker party and announces to his buddies, “I’ve got green sandwiches and brown ones.”  As I recall there […]

Malik Foreman Chooses Vols

By Alex Norman New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones knows the importance of recruiting to the success of a football program.  So it was no surprise that he talked about recruiting in the early stages of his introductory press conference on December 7th. What was a surprise, at least compared to the reported indifference of […]

There’s still a lot of basketball season left

By Steve Williams Just when University of Tennessee sports fans needed a lift, the men’s basketball team hit a couple of bumps in the road. An 85-80 loss to Memphis followed by a 92-74 beating from Ole Miss in the SEC opener – both in front of home crowds – wasn’t what the patient needed […]