John Currie gets the call, Vol Nation Flips Its Lid

By Alex Norman Well, it finally happened. More than 6 months had passed since Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart announced that he would be retiring, leaving behind a legacy of Title IX problems, unnecessary lawsuits that cost the University millions, a coach vetting that would have been better done by a 12 year old with google, […]

Dreams, War & La La Land

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife Becky remembers her dreams; mostly I don’t. Perhaps it’s because dreams are so often random if not totally wako. Some years ago I wrote an essay about dreams concluding that no one knows why these nocturnal visions are necessary for our health. Sleep deprivation – and consequently dream deprivation […]

The Chaplain Corps

By Rosie Moore All through my life I heard the expression, “you’re never too old to learn.” And that’s so very true. I am so pleased to be able to learn something new on many occasions, something that I never heard of before or knew about. I learned this interesting piece of news from my […]

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Diesel fuel tax would increase 70% By Steve Hunley As you’ve read here many times, the Knoxville News Sentinel is utterly predictable.  The News Sentinel has never seen a new tax or an existing tax increase that they didn’t like. So, the Sentinel surprised no one when it proclaimed Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality

Tennessee and American Neutrality

By 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was fast approaching perhaps the biggest crisis of his presidency, aside from the Great Depression, with war looming in Europe.  Roosevelt turned to his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull of Tennessee.  Tall, stately, dignified and reserved, if not actually austere, Cordell Hull looked like a statesman, but Hull shared some […]

Oak Ridge’s Friendship Bell

By Mike Steely It sits by itself in a lonely spot in Oak Ridge, a symbol of peace between Japan and the United States and a reminder of Pearl Harbor and the dropping of atomic bombs that ended World War II. The Friendship Bell seems like a contradiction between the horrors of war and the blessing […]

Like a yo-yo

By Joe Rector The holiday season took a toll on me. I’ve never been good at refusing sweets and other items that appear on kitchen the table. Holiday meals are times when I overeat, and not doing so is hard when everything smells and tastes so much better than at other times of the year. […]

Back When (Part 4)

By Ralphine Major Perhaps in the early 1900s it was a common sight.  Today, it is historical.  I marvel not only at the scene, but more so that anyone even had a camera and would have the presence of mind to capture on film the threshing machine event.  The late Woodrow Luttrell kept detailed files […]

How Is Child Support Calculated?

By Jedidiah McKeehan What is child support?  Child support is money paid from one parent of a child to the other parent of a child.  This money is supposed to be used to care for and help raise the child. It goes without saying, child support only comes in to play when the parents of […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Perhaps the most influential science fiction novel of the 20th century was “Dune,” written by Frank Herbert. Too often people discount the science-fiction genre as Flash Gordon-esk with cheesy plots and ray guns. If this is what you think, I can assure you that you are wrong. An example of the […]

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