It’s No. 76 for The Knisleys!

By Ralphine Major They moved from Union County to Knox County in 1912 and joined Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton, Tennessee.  The Knisley family began a long association with the church and community.  Since that time, there have been children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren who have continuously attended Fairview Baptist.  Today, the Knisley family numbers into […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson For thousands or millions of years – depending on your interpretation of science and scripture – mankind has had a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or “gut.” In fact, a depletion or eradication of bacteria with antibiotics often causes disease. An example is “antibiotic colitis” which results from […]

Tee Higgins picks Clemson over Vols

By Alex Norman Most college football coaches love to talk about the importance of recruiting their home state, the whole “put up a wall around the borders” thing… Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has made recruiting the Volunteer state a priority since he arrived in Knoxville in December of 2012.  Getting players like Nashville’s Derek […]

He’s Gone, Let’s Move On

He’s Gone, Let’s Move On

By Steve Hunley The ballots in the recent election had barely been counted when the News Sentinel started giving the new Board of Education advice about how to pick the next superintendent.  The Sentinel told the incoming Board members just what to look for in a new superintendent and even rehashed a little history. The […]

The Other “Boss” Hilary Howse of Nashville

The Other “Boss” Hilary Howse of Nashville

By Ray Hill When one thinks of bossism in Tennessee politics, Edward Hull Crump of Memphis leaps to mind.  Much has been written about the Crump machine, but Hilary Howse of Nashville headed an equally potent and thriving political machine in Davidson County. There are numerous similarities between the two urban political machines. Like Crump, […]

Three Common Types of Payment Arrangements with a Lawyer

By Jedidiah McKeehan It can be a daunting, and expensive, experience to hire an attorney, especially when you hear the sorts of numbers thrown around – million dollar settlements, $500.00 an hour, “we don’t get paid until you get paid!” What does all of this mean to you? Well, you want to be clear on […]

The Grainger County Tomato Festival in Rutledge, Tennessee

By Ralphine Major It is a bright-red fruit that has drawn thousands to Grainger County, Tennessee, for the past 24 years!  The Grainger County tomato has a very unique and wonderful taste.  Absolutely delicious!!  A pleasant drive up Emory Road showcased the beautiful East Tennessee mountains in the distance, often draped in an early morning […]

Ruby, My Cardinal Friend

By Rosie Moore It is said that “birds of a feather, flock together” but, Ruby, my cardinal friend would rather “flock” alone. I watch his antics outside from my window in the den and they are usually quite amusing. If I tap on the window he will fly away but comes back in a few […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, two friends of mine on the social media site, Facebook, found themselves in a “dust-up.” The problem arose from the politics of our divided land. About four years ago I joined Facebook because my kids were using it, and I wanted to keep up with my kids and their pictures. […]

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