Foul weather and foul moods

By Joe Rector Here we are stuck in another winter. Punxsutawney Phil lied, although no human ought to put stock in anything a groundhog does or doesn’t do. I don’t understand why anyone would declare that winter is his or her favorite season. What I’ve noticed of late is that this cold weather has a […]

The very thought of thee

By Rosie Moore “Jesus, the very thought of thee with sweetness fills my breast, but sweeter far thy face to see, And in thy presence rest. O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, to those who fall,  how kind thou art! How good to those who seek!…. Jesus, our only […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “You look good, Dr. Ferguson,” a patient recently told me. She then asked, “How do you feel?” Perhaps the latter was just a pleasantry of conversation – something we all do. None of us really expects or wants to hear about another person’s aches and pains – sometimes even doctors tune […]

Public Relations: Tennessee’s Constant Failure

  By Alex Norman It. Just. Keeps. Getting. Worse. Over the past few weeks, the University of Tennessee has made mistake after mistake in the eyes of the public. Some of those errors are serious in nature, others are fairly inconsequential, and others are out of their control. But the hits, like the Led Zeppelin […]

Critical Legal Issues Should Take Precedence

By Sally Absher   At last week’s Board of Education meeting, Karen Carson again admonished the Law Department for not having provided the full legal opinion requested on January 6 related to the 2003 Order of Compromise. Many people are curious why the school board sent the Law Department on this errand to begin with. […]

Hannah Delk, Talented Young Artist

By Ralphine Major She is nineteen years old, but already talented beyond her years.  She is a native of North Knoxville and attended Inskip Elementary, Gresham Middle, and Central High Schools.  She specializes in drawing portraits of people.  It could be said that Hannah Delk gets her artistic ability from her mother, Denise, who has […]

Book Time

By Rosie Moore Nothing better to do on these cold wintry days? Read a book! I received three books at Christmastime and, to me, that’s the best gift: “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks, “Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwall, and “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin, who was his lawyer. I will give a short synopsis of […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes you realize what’s right only after seeing what’s wrong. A majority of Americans now believe our country is on the wrong track, and only party apparatchiks and the Washington “beltway boys” think otherwise. Even Hillary and Bernie say that times are tough in our country. And only the willfully uninformed […]

Toiling with tools

By Joe Rector I so much want to be one of those men who can build things. To be a craftsman who takes a piece of wood and creates a beautiful piece of furniture is a dream I’ve long held. The truth of the matter, however, is that I am less than capable when it […]

The Chalk Board for February 22, 2016

By Sally Absher Waiver Granted for TNReady Test Scores Last week Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced that in light of difficulties with the MIST platform for the online TNReady test, they are proposing that TNReady data not be included in this year’s teacher evaluations. Knox County Board of Education helped […]

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