Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric II

Dr. John R. Neal:  Tennessee’s Eccentric II

By Ray Hill Dr. John Randolph Neal had some solid achievements under his belt, both as a state legislator and educator, yet there was growing dissatisfaction at the University of Tennessee.  That dissatisfaction seemed to be confined largely to administrators, as Dr. Neal was apparently quite popular with his students.  By 1923, those same administrators […]

Making the Case for Butch Jones

By Alex Norman Butch Jones needs to be fired immediately. Spend a few minutes on twitter and that’s what you will read from Tennessee fans. The Vols head coach should be dispatched posthaste and Jon Gruden should be hired. Or Brian Kelly. Or Bobby Petrino. Or they have nobody in mind as a replacement. They […]

A Spring Scene

By Ralphine Major It is picture perfect!  But, this rare wildlife photo is not mine.  The credit belongs to someone else.  In woodlands and open fields, what a thrill it is when wildlife appear! Only a few weeks ago, we were counting the days until spring.  Finally, the season of new life arrived, bringing beautiful […]

Birthday Boy Blues

By Joe Rector So, I recently celebrated my true entrance into senior citizen life. To me, 65 is the correct age for entering the group, even though AARP mails out membership cards to folks when they reach 50. At any rate, I am a bonafide “senior.” Does this mean I am allowed to fuss and […]

What Does a Court Clerk Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard the term “court clerk” at some point and wonder, “What does a court clerk do?”  How does someone become a court clerk, anyway? The courts that have clerks are circuit, general sessions, criminal and juvenile court.  In each county there is at least one person who is the […]

TSSAA director compliments Powell and others for cooperation

By Steve Williams The day after the rains came at this year’s Spring Fling, causing repeated delays in softball and baseball games and forcing tennis play to move indoors, TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said he was particularly sorry for the Powell High softball team. “Both Powell and Brentwood, because of the weather, had been […]

Tour of Duty

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Often, the hardest part of writing is getting started. Sometimes I think I’ve said enough in this column after a half million words. This is especially true as another editorial deadline approaches. And then I get a phone call of praise or a fellow church member thanks me for a recent […]

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

By Steve Hunley The mainstream media seems ever more comfortable in its refusal to cover increasing assaults on freedom and free speech.  Take the case of Bret Weinstein, a professor of biology at Evergreen State College in Washington State.  Keep in mind, Weinstein is no fire-breathing conservative nor is he a card-carrying Republican.  Quite the […]

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric I

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric I

By Ray Hill Dr. John R. Neal was an American original; an educator, lawyer, state legislator, and perennial candidate for public office.  Neal could have been the blueprint for the absentminded professor.  Dr. Neal is frequently remembered for his many eccentricities, which included paying virtually no attention to his personal appearance, bathing infrequently, if at […]

The Maestro

By Dr. Jim Ferguson You may not be aware of it, but Knoxville is in possession of a jewel. No, I’m not referring to the Knoxville Zoo or the University of Tennessee, both great aspects of our community. I’m referring to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.  Recently, my brother and I attended the KSO performance of […]

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