Silver Springs has changed

By Mike Steely Silver Springs, Florida, is about eight hours south of Knoxville and a long day’s drive. There’re lots of places to stop to eat or stretch along the way. Once you get through the nightmare known as Atlanta traffic the drive becomes pretty routine. If you haven’t been to Silver Springs in the […]

The Basics Involved in the Foreclosure Process

By Jedidiah McKeehan A foreclosure is what occurs when a homeowner stops making their monthly mortgage payments on their residence.  When a bank provides a loan to someone to purchase a home, they require that the homeowner sign documentation allowing the bank to take the house if the mortgage payments are not made.   Typically, […]

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Irrelevant and Desperate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Two thousand years ago, the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus was on trial for treason, a capitol offense under the Roman occupation of the area they called Palestine. Was Pilate’s interrogative that of a district attorney’s probing of an accused individual? Was Pilate merely being […]

‘Turn out the lights, the party’s over’ for Alabama

By Steve Williams Clemson and Alabama literally put the 2016 college football season to bed last Monday night. Actually it was Tuesday morning, a few minutes past midnight, when Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with only one second left on the clock in the Tigers’ 35-31 come-from-behind victory. As I […]

Alabama loses…. Tennessee and the nation rejoice

By Alex Norman Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. There was a lot of schadenfreude taking place last week in Knoxville and… well, just about everywhere in the world of college football. When Alabama fell to Clemson 35-31 in the national championship game, it set off wild celebrations in South Carolina of […]

When Arrested, Are You Entitled to a Phone Call?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When you see someone get arrested in the movies or on TV, you will see them often yelling about getting their, “phone call.”  Is that a real thing?  Are you actually entitled to a phone call when you get arrested? The short answer is, “yes, you are entitled to a phone call.”  Tennessee […]

Practice! Practice!

By Rosie Moore Most of my columns are written with admonishments or thoughts for us “Seniors” but today I’m giving some advice to the younger set. Here’s why: When I was around eight years old I had a friend at school and was invited to her home every day after school. I loved to go […]

Winter is moving on!

By Ralphine Major They seem to blend in with the winter landscape of barren trees and fields that were once full of green grass. I first spotted them around Thanksgiving walking awkwardly on the grounds as they searched for something to eat. Nine wild turkeys can be seen almost daily as they make their rounds. […]

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