Dealing with the rain

By Joe Rector   At some point in January, the local weather forecaster on one station declared that Tennessee was experiencing a drought. I hope that after the last month he will now declare we’re caught up on the needed rainfall. Downpours have made yards soggy and floors muddy. Most of us are over it […]

Stars Shine on Spokane

  By Ralphine Major The signs were all pointing toward spring—daffodils, warm weather, Easter—when the world seems to take on a new look of growth and vibrancy.  But, Mother Nature unleashed another blast of winter sending much of the country into a frenzy of power outages and slick streets.  Images of the devastating havoc the […]

Watch out, slow drivers!

  By Jedidiah McKeehan So, you may or may not know, but as of 2016 there is a statute on the books in Tennessee that punishes slow drivers.  So, warn those slow drivers in your life to speed up! Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 55-8-204, on interstates or highways when there are three or […]

From Bracketville to Pickit County, it’s that time of year!

By Steve Williams It’s time to take the annual trip to Bracketville. Come along if you like. We’ll also visit Seed City and the last stop will be Pickit County. I’d like to start out this year from Thompson-Boling Arena, where we could congratulate Coach Rick Barnes and the Vols on their SEC basketball championship […]

The Vols Aren’t Done Yet

  By Alex Norman What a year it has been for Tennessee’s men’s basketball team. SEC regular season co-champions. As of press time, they had advanced to the semifinals of the SEC tournament. And you know what? They aren’t done yet. They made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014, and […]

Sanctuary From the Law and Reason

Sanctuary From the Law and Reason

By Steve Hunley President Donald Trump’s Justice Department suing the State of California can come as no surprise to any rational person.  A battle has been raging well before Trump’s election in 2016 over immigration policy in this country.  California has for decades brazenly harbored illegal aliens.  Leftist politicians have routinely protected illegal aliens over […]

Texas Liberal: Senator Ralph Yarborough

Texas Liberal: Senator Ralph Yarborough

By Ray Hill While now an apparently Republican “red” state, Texas was once solidly Democratic.  Like Tennessee, Texas has produced some interesting political personalities; Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Senator Tom Connally, Governor John Connally (no relation to Tom), Governor Ann Richards, George Bush and not least of all, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Ralph Yarborough […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson The French have a term for feeling listless, weary or dissatisfied. Americans might say they have the blahs or the doldrums. Since English is an amalgam of many languages and cultures, the French word ennui is now part of our English lexicon. I’m a stickler for words which are the tools […]

M. McClung & Company

  By Ralphine Major I knew it as the building where our mother worked.  The first time she worked there was before I was born.  The second time was when she re-entered the work force and became our family’s primary breadwinner after our father developed heart disease and was forced to sell the dairy. M. […]

Indian Mountain State Park, Jellico worth a visit

  By Mike Steely The unique location of Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico, Tn., not only makes it the “First Tennessee State Park” for southbound travelers on Interstate 75 but also gives the park the recognition of being the only state park built on a strip mine. If you’re headed north into Kentucky or […]

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