Senator McKellar & The TVA

Senator McKellar & The TVA

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar’s reputation has suffered through the years largely due to his feud with David E. Lilienthal. Lilienthal was one of the original Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Like all of Kenneth McKellar’s feuds, it was a no holds barred affair and his hatred of Lilienthal became something of […]

Questioning the educational model

By Joe Rector Ah, the return to the classroom brings about both good and bad memories. It recalls some of the same questions I posed so many years ago. I hope I find answers to them before my time on this earth is done. First, I still wonder what is the reason for demanding 4 […]

65 Years for The Mynatts!

By Ralphine Major Sixty-five years is a major milestone for any occasion!  Emerson and Cecil (Welch) Mynatt of Halls were married in 1951.  On Labor Day Weekend, their family surprised them with an anniversary celebration at the Chop House in Fountain City. These days, it is quite an ordeal to get the family all together. […]

It’s time for Vols to get down to business

By Steve Williams Many Tennessee football fans including myself weren’t sure what to expect from the Vols when they went into Saturday’s game against Ohio. After the struggle to get past Appalachian State in the opener and the slow start before pulling away from Virginia Tech in the Battle at Bristol, we were still scratching […]

Did you cry?

By Rosie Moore On television, and on Facebook, I saw a picture of a little boy with a bloodied face, cuts and bruises on his body. His family was killed by terrorists. His little eyes looked out at the world as if to say, “Why did this happen? What will happen to me now?” And […]

Rivers of Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson After last week’s polemic, I need a rest from our country’s civil war; and so do my readers. Life will go on without listening to Clinton and the Trumpster’s attacks on each other. There will be ample time to re-engage before November 8th. And frankly, though there may be disengaged, clueless, […]

Common Misconceptions When Being Arrested or Questioned

By Jedidiah McKeehan You have probably never been questioned or arrested by the police, but, in the unlikely case this happens in the future, here are some tips to keep in mind and some misconceptions presented by movies and TV that you may want to avoid. When you are approached by a police officer, whether […]

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill “A college boy cannot successfully go through life by graduating in football, baseball or highballs, for the responsibilities of life are not ball-bearing.” – William H. Murray William H. Murray is almost invariably described as Oklahoma’s most colorful political figure.  Considering he went out of office in 1935, that is saying something.  […]

Visiting the World Trade Center

Visiting the World Trade Center

By Mike Steely Did you know that  it’s quicker to fly from Knoxville to New York than to drive from here to Bristol or Nashville? Yep, in just less than two hours you’re there and what a change of cultures. My wife and I recently spent six days in New York City, the first time […]

Corryton’s Tony Karnes

By Ralphine Major A magnolia tree was planted in his memory at the high school, and there is a marker near it to honor him. Tony Karnes was a Gibbs High School graduate who tragically lost his life on one of our nation’s saddest days. As millions of Americans went about their daily lives on […]

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