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. […]

Cumberland Gap Iron Furnace often overlooked

By Mike Steely Almost everyone in our nation knows of the Cumberland Gap pass, made famous by Daniel Boone, and many in our region visit the national park there. Cumberland Gap is also the name of a small Tennessee town that is surrounded on all sides by the park there. You can drive down into […]

Job titles in a law firm

By Jedidiah McKeehan As my wife often tells me, lawyers use funny words and phrases that are unnecessary, just to make themselves seem important.  Well, sometimes I agree with her.  Even some of the job titles we give out for those people working at a law firm can be a little strange.  Let’s go through […]

A Glimpse of Heaven

By Ralphine Major At first glance, there seemed to be a divine aura about it.  The country road looked like it was  leading straight up into the heavens.  The mountains, barely visible above the fog, added to the unusual setting.  I looked at it for several minutes as I tried to grasp the photo’s beauty […]

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