Paul Michael ‘Mike’ Beeler

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was a big, yellow school bus that first brought us all together. One of Herb Barker’s buses made its rounds twice daily on our rural roads. It chugged down Emory, onto Stormer, then the horseshoe bend on Beeler that brought it back to Emory as it headed toward the school. […]

Winter House Arrest

By Joe Rector Summer wound down much too quickly for me. If I were in charge, the hot days of the season would bleed into those colder ones of winter. I just don’t much care for cold weather and never have, nor do I like being under house arrest when it hits. Others can have […]

Remember Groucho?

By Rosie Moore Groucho Marx was born on October 2, 1890 in New York City. His real name was Julius Henry and he was the third of five brothers which included Harpo, Leonard, Zeppo, and Gummo. He received his colorful nickname from a fellow vaudeville performer named Art Fisher because of his  colorful personality. He […]

Sweet Urine

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Nattering, nabobs of negativity” pester me episodically to confine my column to medical issues. I rarely respond to such hectoring which is often merely illiberalism on display, where I’m told to shut up and figuratively “move to the back of the bus” with Rosa Parks. As I’ve said many times, I […]

Does Computer Use Result in Lower Reading Skills?

By Sally Absher A frequent agenda item at monthly Board of Education meetings is approval for purchase of technology using PTA or School Coupon Book funds. Several board members, most notably Doug Harris and Tracie Sanger, have been outspoken in their support for system-wide 1:1 technology. But the Washington Post had an interesting article on […]

The Chalk Board: September 28, 2015

By Sally Absher West View Elementary Celebrates School Coupon Book Sales When the 2016 School Coupon book campaign kicked off, West View Elementary principal Beth Blevins challenged her students to sell at least 450 coupon books – a goal they broke last week. Principal Blevins celebrated by kissing a pig and dancing the “Nae Nae” […]

Dial It Down a Notch, Big Orange County

By Alex Norman The atmosphere at Neyland Stadium was electric. The decibel level was at a record level. Personally, I had never seen anything like it in college sports, as Vols fans gave everything they had, including a day or two of vocal cord quality, when Tennessee hosted Oklahoma. The only thing missing was a […]

As Cherokees’ season turns South, Fowler remains positive

By Steve Williams Jimmy Fowler has had the perfect attitude for this football season at South-Doyle High School, a season that could see the Cherokees finish 0-10 after going 10-0 in 2014. Fowler was a junior last fall when the going was good. As a senior he has maintained a positive mindset in a much […]

Publisher’s Position: The Tree of Greed Continues to Grow

By Steve Hunley Some people have some perception of welfare; more often than not we think about some collecting benefits, pumping out children, and not working. There is a debate raging presently just how much our government spends currently on all welfare-related programs. Some people say it is as much as a trillion dollars. Others […]

Andrew Jackson & the National Bank

By Ray Hill   If Senator K. D. McKellar was an accomplished feudist, another son of Tennessee was at the very least as accomplished in that art: General Andrew Jackson.  President Andrew Jackson carried the bullet in his body from a duel he fought until he died; the other fellow didn’t emerge from that encounter […]

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