Focus on the Law: Tennessee CASA Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national network of more than 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The original CASA program began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge came up with the idea of citizen volunteers representing the […]

Counting to Five

By Sally Absher Although the Board of Education’s Second District comprises only a little over 11% of Knox County in terms of population, the special election to replace Indya Kincannon on the BOE is perhaps the most closely watched – and feared – election this November. Knox County, like many communities with an appointed Broad […]

BOE Policy on Public Forum in the News Again

By Sally Absher There is no news like old news, as evidenced by a September 9 article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, “School Board to Enforce Policy Addressing Members.” BOE Policy BCBI, “Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board,” was discussed at several BOE meetings over the summer, as reported in a Focus article on […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I’m almost shamed to admit it, but I’ve stopped listening to Obama. As a Christian I can forgive him, but I cannot forget his repeated lies to our country. Actually, I pray for Obama, all our leaders, and even those of ISIS who are possessed by evil. I pray that […]

Gatlinburg ~ off the main road

By Mike Steely Just above the busy streets of Gatlinburg is a peaceful and memorable drive that takes you back in time and away from the tourist shops and crowds. If you go to Traffic Light #8 and follow the Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance, you’ll find the Roaring Fork Motor […]

This is a puzzling world

By Rosie Moore I love doing crossword puzzles. The  New York Times puzzle in News Sentinel’s Sunday paper is too hard and the other one below it, called the United Features Puzzle, is too easy. The one in the daily newspaper is very easy and always includes the same clues, but I still do it. […]

Machine Dependence

By Joe Rector On MSNBC the other morning, Melissa Lee reported on the impact of machines and technology on our lives both now and in the future. In fact, CSNBC dedicated an entire hour on the subject. I know I’ll sound like an oldster who’s griping about the changes in the world and how this […]

Super Subs: Charlie Ballard

By Ralphine Major Several of the players who helped Bob Dagley’s Gibbs Eagles achieve a 31-2 record in 1964-65 played a major role in several games when called upon, though their time to excel actually came the following year.  One of those players is Charlie Ballard. Charlie was one of the juniors on the team.  […]

The NFL’s Darkest Hour

By Alex Norman Domestic violence is a serious problem in this country. According to, one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. This is something we should all care about. The National Football League? Not so much. The Baltimore Ravens organization and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knew for months that Ravens […]