Harry Truman Goes To The Senate I

By Ray Hill There was a time when members of the United States Senate were not only considered some of the most talented and extraordinary people in their respective states, but the entire country.  Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun all occupied seats in the U. S. Senate at the same time and […]

Thanks-Living

By Dr. Jim Ferguson After illness and surgery it’s hard to get back in the swing of things. During the darker moments of my “sabbatical” I wondered if I would ever write again. However, the Psalmist wrote, “…tears may last for a night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). My wife and I, […]

Paying it forward in Knoxville

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com I was at a local auto service center recently to get the oil changed in my wife’s car on a FREE oil change coupon. I’ve had work done there many times and the last time I was given two free oil changes. Since it’s difficult to find a trustworthy mechanic, I’ve […]

Corryton Church Ministers to Missionaries

By Richie Beeler Corryton (Baptist) Church has a heart for missionaries.  Sixteen years ago God gave Paul Cowell of Whitestone Country Inns in Kingston a vision to minister to missionaries around the world.  Because of the enormous difficulties missionaries can face, the drop-out rate is high.  Apart from the normal difficulties that families here face, […]

A rare night at the theater

By Joe Rector Amy and I had the opportunity to see “White Christmas” at the Tennessee Theater not long ago. I’m not much for musicals, but this show is different. The cast and orchestra did a commendable job of presenting one of the most loved shows for the Christmas season. Other sights during the evening […]

Publisher’s Position: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… Your Terrorists

By Steve Hunley The question of whether or not America should take in 10,000 Syrian refugees has caught fire with, at last count, 31 governors telling Washington their states don’t want to accept any further refugees.  Considering the recent deliberate slaughter of innocents in Paris, we already have knee jerk reactions from both the far […]

Claude Pepper of Florida

By Ray Hill There is likely no other career that affords fewer opportunities for revival than politics.  Even more rare in a political career is redemption.  Claude Pepper’s political career spanned a remarkable sixty years, from 1928 until his death in 1989.  By the time he died, Pepper was something of an iconic figure, especially […]

Gibbs High School Class of ‘61

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I looked at the list of names and realized I had met many of them through the years as our paths crossed.  1961 was the year my class began first grade, and I had no idea who the graduating seniors were.  On a gorgeous July evening, the Gibbs High School Class […]

The Kitchen Drawer – 2014

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife, Becky, relates a story of a long departed relative who grew up in the Great Depression. This lady understood privation, and as a result saved everything for the proverbial “rainy day.” As the family sorted through her life’s history and estate (collections) they found a box full of tiny […]

Laughter is the best medicine

By Rosie Moore I came in contact with a stack of Reader’s Digest magazines and I’m in seventh heaven. The smallest book with the most information of any magazine around, it contains Jokes, Food, Money, Home, Heroes, Dreams, and Health articles that keeps one turning its pages until everything has been absorbed–all at one sitting. […]

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