His Wondrous Creation

By Rosie Moore The heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away. But you are the same, and your years have no end. Psalms 102:25-27 “Holy Creator God, I look at an ocean […]

Corryton’s Annual Possum Chase

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Corryton’s Annual Possum Chase is set for October 12… but, the preparations started long before then! The Tennessee Valley Machine Knitters held a knitting workshop on August 6 at the First United Methodist Church of Alcoa. The knitters donate their yarn, time, and talent to create original opossum items that will […]

Tennessee Football is Broken

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s football program is a historical powerhouse.  Six national championships.  Thirteen SEC titles.  One of the 15 winningest programs in the history of the sport. But these days the Vols bear little resemblance to those glorious past. The latest blow for Tennessee fans was a 34-3 loss at Florida.  It’s the 14th […]

Pruitt is still best hope for UT football in the long run

By Steve Williams When Jeremy Pruitt said late last season that he needed better players, the first-year Tennessee football coach was criticized by some, although he was just being brutally honest. When he said last week in his open date press conference that his team was “a hundred times better” than it was a year […]

Will Your Neighborhood Be Next?

Will Your Neighborhood Be Next?

By Steve Hunley Folks in the Parkridge community are upset their community isn’t being treated fairly. What Parkridge residents are angry about is the use of land right next to Caswell Park as the site for a three-story apartment complex for the homeless. The City of Knoxville intends to give the property to the Volunteer […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, I

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, I

By Ray Hill Joseph Wellington Byrns was almost surely the most popular political figure inside Tennessee’s “Hermitage District.”  That was the Congressional district in Tennessee which encompassed Nashville and the “Hermitage”, home of General Andrew Jackson.  For nearly twenty-eight years, that same district had been represented by Jo Byrns.  Tall and lean with white hair […]

The Vapors

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I feel like the crowd behind the Pied Piper of Hamelin. You recall the legend of the Piper whose job was to remove rats from a town in Germany. Then, when the town’s people refused to pay the Piper, he spirited away the children of the hamlet. Sadly, the rats […]

Surprising ‘Survivor’ contestant brings back memories

By Mike Steely If you are a fan, like I am, of the TV reality show “Survivor” you may want to tune in on Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. to catch the new season of the popular series begin. I’m been a fan for many years. Often my sister, a long time California resident, […]

She’s back!

Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, in her latest adventure! By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Drones have become very popular in a short period of time.  They are used to help search for lost people as well as view natural weather disasters and highway accidents miles away. Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin’s fascination of drones is the […]

Why, Y?

By Joe Rector Yes, I’m an older person who at times can get crabby. Hell, I sometimes get downright hateful. This is one of those times. Readers might also grow as angry as I am right now after reading this column. An article in the September 18th edition Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the Tennessee […]