Eleanor ‘Cissy’ Patterson, Publisher & Personality

By Ray Hill Eleanor Medill Patterson was the first woman to successfully run a major metropolitan newspaper.  Known as “Cissy” due to the nickname given to her in childhood by her brother, she was volatile, unpredictable, frequently gleefully malevolent and unquestionably gifted. Eleanor Patterson was born into a wealthy and prominent family on November 7, […]

Harbin and Red Devils roast rival Eagles, 18-8

By Steve Williams With it being homecoming at Halls High School, there were plenty of signs on display prior to the football game against rival Gibbs. One read: “Come on Red Devils. Roast the Eagles. May the Force be with you.” As it turned out, Caden Harbin was a force on both sides of the […]

Supporting Solar Power

  Yesterday, both Knox County and Knox County Schools held a major press conference touting a new solar powered initiative. With the solar industry becoming more mainstream, many people are starting to wonder how they can get involved in saving the environment with solar power. The good news is solar power and the use of […]

Paul Michael ‘Mike’ Beeler

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was a big, yellow school bus that first brought us all together. One of Herb Barker’s buses made its rounds twice daily on our rural roads. It chugged down Emory, onto Stormer, then the horseshoe bend on Beeler that brought it back to Emory as it headed toward the school. […]

Winter House Arrest

By Joe Rector Summer wound down much too quickly for me. If I were in charge, the hot days of the season would bleed into those colder ones of winter. I just don’t much care for cold weather and never have, nor do I like being under house arrest when it hits. Others can have […]

Remember Groucho?

By Rosie Moore Groucho Marx was born on October 2, 1890 in New York City. His real name was Julius Henry and he was the third of five brothers which included Harpo, Leonard, Zeppo, and Gummo. He received his colorful nickname from a fellow vaudeville performer named Art Fisher because of his  colorful personality. He […]

Sweet Urine

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Nattering, nabobs of negativity” pester me episodically to confine my column to medical issues. I rarely respond to such hectoring which is often merely illiberalism on display, where I’m told to shut up and figuratively “move to the back of the bus” with Rosa Parks. As I’ve said many times, I […]

Does Computer Use Result in Lower Reading Skills?

By Sally Absher A frequent agenda item at monthly Board of Education meetings is approval for purchase of technology using PTA or School Coupon Book funds. Several board members, most notably Doug Harris and Tracie Sanger, have been outspoken in their support for system-wide 1:1 technology. But the Washington Post had an interesting article on […]

The Chalk Board: September 28, 2015

By Sally Absher West View Elementary Celebrates School Coupon Book Sales When the 2016 School Coupon book campaign kicked off, West View Elementary principal Beth Blevins challenged her students to sell at least 450 coupon books – a goal they broke last week. Principal Blevins celebrated by kissing a pig and dancing the “Nae Nae” […]

Dial It Down a Notch, Big Orange County

By Alex Norman The atmosphere at Neyland Stadium was electric. The decibel level was at a record level. Personally, I had never seen anything like it in college sports, as Vols fans gave everything they had, including a day or two of vocal cord quality, when Tennessee hosted Oklahoma. The only thing missing was a […]

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