What is a Holographic Will and is it a Legitimate Will?

  By Jed McKeehan You may have never heard of the term, “holographic will.”  What does it mean?  A holographic will is a will that is handwritten and signed by the person making the will. Some states do not recognize holographic wills as valid wills and they are definitely not preferred as they are usually […]

Accepting and living

By Joe Rector Not long ago, Rev. Larry Dial encouraged his flock to dare to tell their stories. He said that doing so was one way of carrying out our missions as Christians. He also stated that, just perhaps, we might connect with another person who has experienced similar circumstances. A little more than four […]

Remembering the East Tennessee Chest Disease Hospital

By Ralphine Major Shaped like a crescent moon, the big tan building set atop a hill at the end of a long driveway on Tazewell Pike in northeast Knox County. Originally known as the Beverly Hills TB Sanitorium and later the East Tennessee Tuberculosis Hospital, the facility’s main purpose was to treat tuberculosis patients. The […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Every week I wait for a story to find me. Sometimes a story is obvious like Trump versus The Swamp. Sometimes a story line just strikes you on the toe. When Becky and I built our retirement home we were sure to include a wood burning fireplace. There’s something about fire […]

Looking to 2018: The Tennessee Sports Scene

By Alex Norman Hello there!  Hope that you had a good new year’s.  I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018. I understand how busy everyone is these days.  Work, school, family… it can get really easy to miss out on some of the good stuff with regards to the Tennessee sports scene. So […]

George W. Norris of Nebraska

George W. Norris of Nebraska

Father of the Tennessee Valley Authority By Ray Hill George W. Norris, although a Nebraskan, has a relevance and importance to our community many may fail to realize. Norris Dam and the community of Norris are named for George William Norris. One might think it odd for landmarks in Tennessee to be named for a […]


By Joe Rector The Christmas trees have been taken down; ornaments and other decorations are once again safe in boxes and bins. Supplies of fireworks are expended, and the remnants of them have been removed from yards and streets. The holiday season is finished, and for many folks, that end couldn’t have come soon enough. […]


By Ralphine Major It is definitely winter!  Much of the nation—including the South—has seen frigid temperatures the last few days.  Even some parts of the Southeast which seldom see snow, such as Georgia and Florida, are experiencing record snowfalls.  Many schools are closed, as children can be seen sledding, throwing snowballs, and building snowmen.  Some […]

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