The Mysteries of Tellico Plains

By Mike Steely What may be the oldest settlement in our region is only an hour or so away. The village of Tellico Plains is, indeed, a gateway to the lower Smoky Mountains. The little town is just south of Madisonville and  is an historic site that is the entry to the Cherohala Skyway. That […]

I know him

By Joe Rector Randy Boyd is running for governor in Tennessee. Over the past few weeks, Randy has traveled from one end of the state to the other. He seems to be intent on making contact with as many folks as possible so that they remember his name for election day. I know Randy in […]

From Chattanooga to Knoxville

By Ralphine Major He walked along the railroad tracks from Chattanooga to Knoxville to find work, stopping at homes along the way to eat and rest.  It was around the 1920s.  As a young man, he had worked in the mines.  The long walk up the tracks led him to a night watchman job at […]

Interesting names for towns

By Rosie Moore When I was young we moved many times because the rent was always going up. We lived in towns with picturesque  names like Paradise, New Holland and Lititiz. But we also lived in towns that had names that sounded questionable–to say the least, such as Intercourse, Bird-In-Hand and Blue Ball. Where did […]

Smashville Falls Two Wins Short

By Alex Norman There is no pain like the pain of a sports fan seeing their team fall just short of a championship. It makes no sense of course… why should we care so much about people we likely will never meet putting a basketball into an iron hoop or carrying a football over a […]

Sometimes it comes down to no accounting

Sometimes it comes down to no accounting

By Steve Hunley Lots of folks have heard about the State of California threatening to secede from the Union.  Personally, I don’t think there’d be that many people sorry to see them go.  Recently, the California State Senate passed a universal healthcare bill; actually, to be more direct about, the Golden State Senate approved authorization […]

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric III

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric III

By Ray Hill Disappointed by his failure to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Dr. John R. Neal continued to be the Volunteer State’s political gadfly extraordinaire. John R. Neal ran for the United States Senate eighteen times, governor nine times and the U. S. House of Representatives once. […]

What Do the Terms Joint Custody and Full Custody Mean?

By Jed McKeehan There are terms that I often hear thrown around by individuals in relation to the custody of children, and that’s “joint custody,” and “full custody,” and I don’t know that people really know what these terms actually mean. Full custody of a child is primarily a myth that does not exist except […]

Blossoming

By Joe Rector I find it interesting how living things start at one point and manage take it to a grander level. It’s a fascinating aspect of all things. A flower starts as a seed or a bulb. Given the right kind of soil and nutrients, those beginnings grow and eventually produce buds. Before we […]

A Major Story

By Ralphine Major He liked Pepsi, John Cazana’s wrestling program, and John Wayne westerns. He once worked for the Knox County Highway Department and operated a piece of earth moving equipment often referred to as a road grader. One project he worked on was building Cedar Lane that runs off of Broadway. His name was […]

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