A Good Laugh

By Joe Rector Mildred Simcox, my wife’s aunt, passed away recently. She’d suffered the cruel effects of dementia for several years and finally found relief and release from a life trapped in a mind that faded away. What hurt so much was the fact that this woman loved to laugh. She taught all of us […]

Dam good places to visit

By Mike Steely Getting away from Knoxville on an outing can be fun and educational. Don’t tell the kids it is educational, surprise them. Ever taken a day to visit the many dams in our region? People who fish know most of them, especially if they fish from shore as one of the favorite shore […]

West spends three nights on campus to build ‘brotherhood’

By Steve Williams Preseason high school football is about getting in physical condition for the upcoming season and learning new plays and formations. And more in some cases, as building team chemistry is just as important as the Xs and Os. Not too long ago, some teams would go away for a week of camp […]


By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was a popular song of the fifties—“The Lollipop Tree.”  Its melody and simple lyrics caught the attention of this writer.  I was around two years old.  “Lollipop” seemed the perfect name for the pup given to us by relatives.  The small rat terrier, white with a few black spots and […]


By Joe Rector HBO aired a documentary about Robin Williams last week. Anyone who knows me well can quickly assure folks that I watched it. Since the beginning of his career, I followed him and lauded his creative and comedic abilities. Williams hooked me with the first episode of “Mork and Mindy.” I’d never seen […]

The first international singing star

By Rosie Moore When I sit down at my piano I play a lot of the old-fashioned hymns that I love and also some contemporary hymns that are becoming favorites today. One of my favorite singer of hymns is George Beverly Shea, and I play a lot of his hymns that I can still hear […]

Facades and Euphemisms

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Apparently, Tennessee’s Senator Bob Corker would prefer President Trump insult Putin in front of the whole world at a press conference rather than exercising civility. You realize no president has ever insulted another leader publicly face to face. The leader of the Russian Federation is a small man, but is a […]

Vols at SEC Media Days

By Alex Norman It’s an annual rite of passage… and the first true sign that college football season isn’t that far away.  For Jeremy Pruitt, the new Tennessee coach, SEC Media Days was a chance to show Vols fans that he’s not very concerned about the recent past. The past decade has obviously been filled […]

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