Whining about the Electoral College

Whining about the Electoral College

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel came out last week with a milquetoast editorial noting the Democrats, still smarting over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, want to debate the need for the Electoral College.  Eventually the Sentinel came to the point after traipsing around the edge of the […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

By Ray Hill Senator Howard Baker entered the fall general election after having followed a strategy of organizing early and avoiding controversy. Baker’s opponent, Jane Eskind, had won the Democratic primary by self-funding and had tried to take advantage of the senator’s support for the Panama Canal Treaty. The treaty was not popular in many […]

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

By Ralphine Major “I was totally surprised when I got my orders and found out I was going to Salzburg, Austria. I had to look on a map to see where it was located!” he said. “That was the beginning of a beautiful journey of a lifetime,” he added. Charlie Lovell was drafted into the […]

Dads

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I don’t have a lot to say. This may come as a surprise because I’ve been cobbling 1000 word stories together every week for ten years. Some of my detractors may even welcome the prospect of my silence. It has been my modus operandi to wait for stories to find […]

A Smoother Journey

By Joe Rector The older I grow,  the more I come to realize that life resembles a ride on the biggest roller coaster in existence, and it’s a ride that travels much too fast for my taste. Those rides that make stomachs rise to throats and frazzle nerves aren’t things I find particularly fun; more […]

Where’s Rudolph?

By Ralphine Major The look on her face was one of pain and distress. Her hands clutched her stomach. We thought she was ill. Many years ago, mother and I had nursery duty during worship service. The group of three-year-old children looked adorable in their Christmas outfits and eyes full of wonderment. The class had […]

Should I let the police search my vehicle?

By Jed McKeehan You’ve seen the dramatic car searches on the TV shows, and you might be wondering what you would do if you were asked to allow the police to search your vehicle without probable cause. First off, why are they searching your vehicle?  They are looking for drugs, drug items, or other things […]

King of the Courts

King of the Courts

By Steve Hunley Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond apparently isn’t satisfied with running the Criminal courts and the Fourth Circuit Court.  The Fourth Circuit Court is Knox County’s busiest divorce court and considering how many marriages seem to dissolve daily, it likely moves like a revolving door at lunchtime.  No, not content with […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Ten

Senator Howard Baker, Part Ten

By Ray Hill Senator Howard Baker had seen several election cycles diminish Republican gains in 1974 and 1976. Democrats were optimistic about continued success and Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Ned Ray McWherter was asked by President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale to run against the Minority Leader when Baker came […]

Historic WIldfires

By Ralphine Major It is a place loved by people all over the world. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, a resort where millions go to hike, shop, or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains. For several days, the Sevier County area has been in the headline news of the national media […]

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