By Dr. Jim Ferguson The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that change is inevitable. Perhaps he came to this conclusion as an older guy standing in front of a mirror instead of considering flowing water referenced in his famous quote, “Panta rhei,” (everything flows). Don’t worry! This essay will not be a philosophical digression. Something […]

Atlanta an unexpected treasure trove for movie buffs

By Mike Steely Atlanta, Georgia offers lots for a family to do including the Coca Cola museum, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studio Tours, and so much more. But if you’re a movie buff there’s a surprising place to find relics and information on filming in the state. The President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is […]

The Official Start of Christmas

By Joe Rector Okay, Thanksgiving is over, so it is now permissible, maybe even legal in some states, for folks to put up Christmas lights, inflatable characters, and trees. Of course, places like Walmart and Home Depot stocked their shelves with these things around Halloween. It seems that every year, businesses are pushing folks to […]

Merry Christmas from the Farm!

By Ralphine Major Gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas carols and candy canes, peppermint sticks and poinsettias!  It must be Christmas——-almost! Growing up, my brother and I spent most Christmas mornings on the farm.  Our father was a dairy farmer, and the cows had to be fed and milked every morning and evening including […]

Holiday Thoughts

By Rosie Moore Because of the holidays, I haven’t had time to think about what to write, so I referred to my little book of “Daily Psalms and Prayers” for this week’s column. Here is what I read for the day after Thanksgiving, which I thought was so appropriate and want to share with you. […]

Cooper Mays is about to become a Vol

  By Alex Norman With the early signing period (December 18-20) about to begin, high school football players will soon make their college plans official. For Knoxville Catholic 4-star offensive lineman Cooper Mays, it was a choice he’s been certain of for a while. “I’m really comfortable with my decision,” said Mays. “I’m really excited […]

Are we headed for a charter crisis in Knox County?

By Steve Hunley, Publisher This past Wednesday, December 4, the Knox County School Board held their workshop meeting and discussed moving the Central Office of Knox County Schools from the Andrew Johnson building to the vacant east TVA Tower. This is an idea that first started in 2004 with then Knox County Mayor Mike […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many writers have compared the seasons of the year with the seasons of life. As I approach threescore and ten years, I’ve done so as well. I fancy myself late in the Indian summer of my days, though frosty mornings and brown leaves, like my aches and pains, portend winter’s chill. […]

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