Magpies and Such

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a birdwatcher, but a writer finds it hard not to write about things under his nose or on his mind. And on returning from Colorado, I still have magpies on my mind. We don’t have these handsome birds in Tennessee, but they are common on “Brother Bill’s” Colorado ranch, […]

Knoxville’s Hidden History

By Mike Steely It’s hard to imagine what the little settlement of Knoxville looked like before the place became a town. When the territorial governor was looking for a location for a capitol, he considered the Southwest Point Fort in what is now Kingston and the James White Fort in Knoxville. That was before […]

English Idioms

By Rosie Moore Every language has its own collections of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture. These sayings are called “idioms.” I saw a friend a few days ago and she asked why I wasn’t at church for a […]

Piddle Diddle on the Road

By Ralphine Major It was pouring down rain just days after Autumn made her appearance!  But, that didn’t bother Piddle Diddle.  She was happy because she had found her lost hat! “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” is the first in a series, “Adventures of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin.”   Piddle Diddle is the little penguin character that […]

October Board of Education Meetings

By Sally Absher The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen Carson asked for personal privilege to defer the approval of […]

The Chalk Board: October 12, 2015

By Sally Absher Second Annual Redeeming Red for Dyslexia Day This Thursday, Oct. 15, is World Dyslexia Day. Decoding Dyslexia-TN’s Julya Johnson and County Commissioner Jeff Ownby are celebrating Knoxville’s 1 in 5! Come join in the celebration – meet near Calhoun’s at Volunteer Landing in Knoxville at 7:15 pm. The Henley Street Bridge will […]

Admiring grandson says it’s cool to have a NFL great in family

By Steve Williams When I first heard about a kid named Naumoff playing football at Farragut High School a couple of years ago, I wondered if he might be related to Paul Naumoff, the great University of Tennessee linebacker of the 1960s. Sure enough, Jacob Naumoff, the senior quarterback for the Admirals this season, is […]

History repeats itself

By Joe Rector For some reason, I feel as if my writing has been more on rants than lighter topics. I’d like that to change, but too many topics cry out for attention. The most recent topic deals with the latest Holocaust news. It seems that history repeats itself. According to CBS’s “Sixty Minutes,” Father […]

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