A Day Away: Martin’s Station celebration this weekend

By Mike Steely Just a few miles east of Cumberland Gap and only about an hour or so from Knoxville is an event you may want to attend this weekend, especially if you’re interested in early regional history. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Martin’s Station will feature the reconstructed frontier fort, re-enactments, tour of a […]


By Ralphine Major “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Mark 10:14 (NIV) Mothers.  They are the very fabric that holds our families together.  As the national holiday approaches to honor our mothers, I think about the different roles of […]

Thanks Goodness for Mothers

By Joe Rector Barbara Bush passed away recently at the age of 92. She had a full, wonderful life that included a few years as First Lady of the U.S. She also had a son who later became president. A second son was governor of Florida. Her husband was with her when she died, and […]

Three Former Vols Selected in 2018 NFL Draft

  By Alex Norman Tennessee’s football program is no stranger to the NFL Draft.  Following the 2018 player selection, 357 Vols have been picked by the pros.  This year, three former were taken, bringing the total up to nine over the past two years. In the third round, defensive back Rashaan Gaulden was picked by […]

Justice Knox and Mayor Rogero

Justice Knox and Mayor Rogero

By Steve Hunley “Collectively, we raise our voice and call for our public officials to hear their constituents,” Reverend Meredith Loftis cried at the Central United Methodist Church. The estimated 2,000 people gathered were some of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s constituents. In fact, they represented about 2% of a city of almost 200,000 residents. It […]

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part 1

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part 1

By Ray Hill Republicans were nowhere near a majority in the state of Tennessee in 1920, although they were briefly a force to be reckoned with when the Democrats were torn asunder by strife. Ben W. Hooper had twice been elected governor in 1910 and 1912 following a period of especially fierce infighting amongst Tennessee […]

‘Fixin’ to’

By Joe Rector I’ve been teaching Robert Frost to one of my classes of late. He is my favorite poet because his word pictures conjure up images that are familiar to readers and that help them to understand his work. A search through my vocabulary has recalled some of the most popular expressions that we […]

Union Baptist Church: Celebrating 175 Years!

By Ralphine Major In the eighties, it was our church home.  I filled in a few weeks for the church organist who had broken her arm and decided to stay when she returned.  Sometimes, I think of all the treasured friendships our family would have missed had we not joined in worship at Union. The […]

Is Legal Separation an Actual Thing?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Unfortunately, a phrase that we hear all too often in this day and age is that a married couple is, “separated.”  And you may have thought to yourself, “did they go to the courthouse and get some designation, or is this just what it is informally called when a married couple is […]

The Indomitable Woman

By Rosie Moore It is a well-known fact that women have been protesting and marching since time began. Think of Susan B. Anthony, a pioneer crusader for women’s voting rights; Harriett Tubman, a former slave who escaped then made 13 missions to rescue other enslaved people, and, finally, Rosa Parks, who said,”I’m not moving” from […]

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