Tennessee football needs Butch Jones to get it right

By Steve Williams Butch Jones is definitely not on the hot seat, but the honeymoon is over. I say that on Friday afternoon, a little over 24 hours before Chattanooga plays Jones’ Tennessee Vols for the first time since 1969. Tennessee was trying to snap a three-game skid, including a 10-9 loss to Florida at […]

October is Knox County Dyslexia Awareness Month

By Sally Absher On October 2, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Commissioner Jeff Ownby and affected families joined together to recognize National Dyslexia Month in Knox County. Mayor Burchett presented the families with a mayoral proclamation and Commissioner Ownby presented them with an honorary Commission resolution. Also present were Commissioner Ed Brantley, and School Board […]

SPEAK Endorses 2nd District Candidate Jamie Rowe on the Issues

By Sally Absher Two days before the start of early voting, and less than one month from the November general election and all is quiet in Knoxville.  Not that the re-election of Governor Haslam, Senator Alexander, or Congressman Duncan is in any real danger. One of the races that should be getting a lot of […]

Publisher’s Position: Jamie Rowe Best Choice for School Board

By Steve Hunley The upcoming election for the 2nd district board of education seat is one of the most important races on the November ballot. The outcome of that particular race will define the future direction of education in Knox County. Jamie Rowe, Tracie Sanger, and Charlotte Dorsey are competing for this office. Jamie Rowe […]

Cactus Jack: John Nance Garner of Texas

By Ray Hill   John Nance Garner of Texas was one of the most colorful politicians of the twentieth century.  It was Garner who made one of the most oft-repeated comments about the vice presidency.  Garner described the office as not being “worth a bucket of warm spit”, yet the actual quote, according to Garner’s […]

October is Knox County Dyslexia Awareness Month

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com On October 2, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Commissioner Jeff Ownby and affected families joined together to recognize National Dyslexia Month in Knox County. Mayor Burchett presented the families with a mayoral proclamation and Commissioner Ownby presented them with an honorary Commission resolution. Also present were Commissioner Ed Brantley, and School […]

Friends

By Joe Rector I know that most of us have few friends but many acquaintances. However, for the sake of argument and the development of this piece, I’m going to talk about “friends” in a larger context. It’s been my good fortune over the years to have come into contact with plenty of folks whom […]

The Fleeting Fall

By Ralphine Major She arrived a few days ago, but Mother Nature has not yet presented her in full splendor.  Just before she came, East Tennesseans celebrated the start of another school year and the Tennessee Valley Fair with cotton candy, crafts, candied apples, rides, and animals.  September also brought the harvest moon and hot […]

Honor

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Tell them we gave our todays for their tomorrows.” You may be surprised to learn that my favorite big city is Washington D.C.  This statement usually raises some eyebrows.  None the less, our national Capital is an architecturally beautiful city, steeped in our American history.  I’ve experienced the allure of Paris, […]

First UT football game can be an experience that never ends

By Steve Williams My earliest memories of attending a University of Tennessee football game are from the era when Neyland Stadium was shaped like a horseshoe, with only bleachers in its open north end. If I remember correctly, a kid like myself, in the early 1960s, could get a ticket in that bleacher section for […]