Scopes Festival planned for Dayton

By Mike Steely One of the greatest court trials in America is being re-enacted as part of the Scopes Festival in Dayton in July. The 1925 trial, where a local teacher was charged of illegally teaching evolution, will be presented on various days from July 14th to July 22nd in the same room the original […]

Mesmerized by the beach

Neither Out Far Nor In Deep   The people along the sand All turn and look one way. They turn their back on the land. They look at the sea all day.   As long as it takes to pass A ship keeps raising its hull; The wetter ground like glass Reflects a standing gull […]

Jeff Sessions Ends Illegal Practice

Jeff Sessions Ends Illegal Practice

By Steve Hunley Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the Department of Justice will no longer engage in the practice of “third party settlements.”  This was a common practice by the Department of Justice when Eric Holder was the Attorney General under the Obama administration.  Leftists have once again gnashed their teeth and wailed when […]

Thetus W. Sims: The Senator Who Never Was

Thetus W. Sims: The Senator Who Never Was

By Ray Hill to 1915, United States senators from Tennessee had been elected by the state legislature.  That same year Democrats were anticipating a primary, a year in advance of the 1916 general election.  The primary would include a run-off election between the two top vote getters, something that has never happened since. The incumbent […]

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

By Ralphine Major Their names are familiar.  I saw Doctor and Macel mentioned in the late Woodrow Luttrell’s memories of the “Back When” series recently published in the Focus.  Macel was Woodrow’s sister.  I cannot recall a time when I did not know the names “Doctor and Macel.”  But, the story of their wedding and […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Christmas has come to the Ferguson home in June. We’ve begun to move into our new house, but we’re still living out of boxes, and each one we open is like a surprise on Christmas morning. I’m still looking for the box that contains my underwear. The one labeled “Jim’s clothing” […]

The Mysteries of Tellico Plains

By Mike Steely What may be the oldest settlement in our region is only an hour or so away. The village of Tellico Plains is, indeed, a gateway to the lower Smoky Mountains. The little town is just south of Madisonville and  is an historic site that is the entry to the Cherohala Skyway. That […]

I know him

By Joe Rector Randy Boyd is running for governor in Tennessee. Over the past few weeks, Randy has traveled from one end of the state to the other. He seems to be intent on making contact with as many folks as possible so that they remember his name for election day. I know Randy in […]

From Chattanooga to Knoxville

By Ralphine Major He walked along the railroad tracks from Chattanooga to Knoxville to find work, stopping at homes along the way to eat and rest.  It was around the 1920s.  As a young man, he had worked in the mines.  The long walk up the tracks led him to a night watchman job at […]

Interesting names for towns

By Rosie Moore When I was young we moved many times because the rent was always going up. We lived in towns with picturesque  names like Paradise, New Holland and Lititiz. But we also lived in towns that had names that sounded questionable–to say the least, such as Intercourse, Bird-In-Hand and Blue Ball. Where did […]

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