Heading to the game?

By Dan Andrews If you are still on the fence about making the drive to Nashville Saturday for the Vols game against the Bowling Green Falcons, here are some links and ideas that might help you make up your mind.   Getting There As of 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, seats are still available on Greyhound. […]

Neyland Stadium stands firm under strains of ‘Rocky Top’

By Dan Andrews Long before Coach Jones began building the football program “brick by brick,” Dr. Richard M. Bennett was given the task of making sure Neyland Stadium would not crumble into a pile of bricks. Dr. Bennett is a professor at University of Tennessee. He is a world renowned expert in civil and environmental […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of the most iconic and intriguing works of modern art is Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. You may remember Dali’s visionary landscape of his native Catalonia festooned with melting clocks. One art critic described the surrealistic landscape as dreamlike, whereupon awaking the contents of the dream melts away. Everyone […]

The Chalk Board, August 31, 2015

By Sally Absher Belle Morris Elementary Celebrates 100 Years! Last Thursday morning, Belle Morris Elementary School hosted a celebration commemorating the 100 years anniversary of its founding in 1915.  Dignitaries including Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero kicked off the celebration at 9 a.m. The students performed a Maypole […]

No Strikes and You’re Out?

By Sally Absher In the quiet of July 4th week, parent and former president of the Bearden Softball Booster Club Randy Susong addressed the Board of Education about the forced resignation of Bearden High School softball coach Leonard Sams. Sams was asked to resign on June 4 after seven years of coaching at BHS. Susong […]

Super Subs: Gene Cantley (Part III)

By Ralphine Major The sense of community for a rural school in northeast Knox County was strong.  It was evident by the support they showed to the Gibbs High School basketball team Bob Dagley coached to a 31-2 record in 1965.  Many families of the players had strong ties to the school. Gene Cantley was […]


By Joe Rector I just watched a news story about the re-birth of Converse tennis shoes. Such things as this give me confidence that our country is still clinging to the goodness that has been around for years. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but I did feel good hearing that a 98 year-old […]

Bits and pieces

By Rosie Moore I am an avid reader but once in a while I latch on to a book that is disappointing and not to my liking at all. That was the case with a book I picked up by one of my favorite authors, Nelson DeMille. The title misled me. I thought “Radiant Angel” […]

Knoxville area players benefit from ETSU’s return to football

By Steve Williams The excitement over the return of football at East Tennessee State University can be felt 100 miles away. That’s about how far it is from Knoxville to Johnson City, where the Buccaneers will kick off their first season in 12 years Thursday night. Many players from the Knoxville area will be a […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part IV

By Ray Hill   Once again happily married, doting on his newborn daughter, former United States Senator Luke Lea concentrated upon reducing his indebtedness after his return from the World War.  Frequently discussed as a potential candidate for high office, Lea made no move to seek election, but he was becoming more and more influential […]

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