Taking the Trolley

By Mike Steely Sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover something new and interesting. One cool summer morning, I parked at the Knoxville Coliseum garage and walked down to the trolley stop. Like most folks who don’t live downtown I had ridden the trolley line a couple of times for a few blocks […]

Super Subs: Steve Wilson (Part II)

By Ralphine Major He is the only player on Bob Dagley’s 1964-65 basketball team at Gibbs I did not get to meet.  Steve Wilson’s untimely death at age 36 in 1985 left a void on the squad that once numbered eleven. Wilson worked at Coastal Supply Company and attended Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton.  Steve […]

Close-game results also will be a tell-tale sign for Butch

By Steve Williams Over his long football coaching career at the University of Tennessee, Phillip Fulmer seemed to have the knack for winning close games. I went back and checked the results, and sure enough, that was the case. In my research, I defined a close game as one decided by eight points or less. […]

Lane Kiffin’s Return to Knoxville

By Alex Norman Admit it… you can’t wait to see what happens at when the Vols and Crimson Tide renew their rivalry on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. I’m not talking about the game itself.  Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006 and will be hard pressed to end that streak this year. But the atmosphere […]

Bad Commercials

By Joe Rector I’m an old television fan who’s spent plenty of time watching programs over the years. Some have become favorites, a fact that seems to doom them to cancellation. What I’ve also viewed are some ridiculous commercials. They challenge the patience and intelligence of we who sit in front of the screen. One […]

Measuring McIntyre

By Steve Hunley I continue to be amused by the fiction being perpetrated by some folks that Jim McIntyre is one of the best superintendents in the country, much less that he wants to listen to the board of education. What is McIntyre’s real record?  Visit the Tennessee State Report Card website and you will […]

Publisher’s Position: Election for Sale?

By Steve Hunley For several years, I have pointed out the connection between the wealthy elitists and local politics.  For those who doubt it is there, all one has to do, as the old saying goes, is follow the money. The race for the Second District seat on the Knox County Board of Education will […]

Blood Moons, Black Hoods

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve never understood some people’s excitement with Halloween.  Some see this pseudo-holiday as the beginning of the Holiday season.  I see this as a marketing ploy of stores rather than the liturgical observance of departed saints on All Hallow’s Eve.  I’ll admit that when I was a kid I loved roaming […]

Divvying Up

By Joe Rector The other day a friend told me that her dad’s house was up for sale and that the hardest part of all was divvying up the contents between brothers and sisters (I refuse to use the word “sibling”). It’s a job that most of us never want to undertake, but because that’s […]