Sen. Briggs appointed Chairman of Senate State and Local Government Committee

State Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) has been appointed chairman of a key committee in the Tennessee State Senate.    Briggs was appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as lawmakers organized the 2021-2022 legislative sessions.   The State and Local Government Committee hears all matters pertaining to state […]

McNally re-elected Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Senate

The State Senate today re-elected Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) for a third term as Speaker of the Senate. Senators met at noon on the first organizational day of the 112th General Assembly to elect their speaker. By statute, the Speaker of the Senate holds the title of Lieutenant Governor. McNally has served as […]

KCHD: Demand Outpacing Supply for COVID-19 Vaccine 

Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Knox County is significantly outpacing supply. With just 4,700 vaccines in hand—most of which went to health care workers and first responders—the Knox County Health Department must rely on the State and vaccine distributors with regard to how quickly it can vaccinate citizens. KCHD’s remaining doses have all been […]

KCHD prioritizing vaccination efforts, changing contact tracing strategy 

To prioritize vaccination efforts, the Knox County Health Department is changing its contact tracing and case investigation strategy. An important tool in a typical outbreak, contact tracing is less effective than vaccination when such a high level of community transmission is occurring.    Contact tracers are, in effect, disease detectives. They interview people who have […]

PK Hope is Alive Parkinson’s Support Group to meet January 19

~ from PK Hope is Alive Parkinson’s Support Group PK Hope is Alive Parkinson’s Support Group along with Jim Brown would like to wish everyone a Happy and Health New Year!  Our monthly meeting of the Oak Ridge Parkinson’s Support group will gather again on a Zoom telecast meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at 11:00 […]

Wise Men?

A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins. Benjamin Franklin By Dr. Jim Ferguson January 6th is Epiphany in the ecclesiastical calendar but has other definitions including a sudden insight […]

Ever visit a waterfall inside a city?

By Mike Steely Ever visit a beautiful waterfall located inside a city? Noccalula Falls Park is in Gadsden, Alabama, just a few minutes off Interstate 59 and about an hour and a half south of Chattanooga. The city park’s 250 acres features a 90-foot waterfall, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, a pioneer homestead, carvings […]

A look ahead at 2021 in the world of sports

By Mark Nagi Well, it is that time again. Time to get out the crystal ball and make some predictions on the year ahead in sports. Some are actual predictions… some are tongue in cheek. It’s a fun game figuring out which are which! Let’s light this candle. In January, Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt […]

The Peyton Manning of his day

By Tom Mattingly Over the course of the University of Tennessee football program’s history, there are connections that aren’t readily apparent, but they make sense once you realize what they are and how they manifest themselves. These connections go back to the 1930s, to the horse-and-buggy days of Tennessee football, marked by the single-wing, leather […]

Bad times and a bit of good

By Joe Rector Good-bye 2020! I’m glad you’re gone. The past year has been one of the worst that I have spent in my life. Others with whom I’ve talked feel the same way, and too many experienced the loss of loved ones to this pandemic during the year. That makes my squawking about being […]