Mershon was a talented Lady Eagle at Berean and Gibbs

  By Steve Williams Berean Christian School’s Anna Mershon, taking advantage of the TSSAA’s co-op program, experienced a state softball championship as a sophomore two years ago and almost got to enjoy another one this past spring. Since Berean Christian does not have a softball program, Mershon played four years for Gibbs High School. Anna […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a beach person like the Johnson side of my family.  I identify more with the Psalmist who said, “I look unto the mountains, from whence cometh my strength.”  Yet, I find myself at the beach again this year with our extended family and count my blessings.  Though I might […]

RACE TO THE TOP. Part 1: Common Core

By Sally Absher Until this year, most people had never heard of “Common Core.” Touted as uniform, higher academic standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and math across all the states, who could be opposed? Yet Common Core State Standards have recently been at the center of controversy not only in Tennessee, but across the […]

Focus on the Law: Land Surveys

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Before you purchase land, it is a good idea to have a land survey done. A survey describes what it is you are buying. It will give you the metes and bounds description or reference to a parcel on a recorded map. A survey shows you what the boundary […]

A Salute To Our Patriots

By Ralphine Major It is an annual tradition for the Fourth of July, and it is a much anticipated event.  The Color Guard presents the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is a somber moment that embraces a wide range of emotions.  While it makes us proud to be an American and honor […]

Put the phone down

By Joe Rector During my travels up and down the Interstate highways in Knoxville and surrounding areas, I’ve noticed the electronic signs that the state has erected. Just the other day, the message read, “Don’t text and drive; it’s against the law!” I’m sure doing so is also quite illegal, but that hasn’t had much […]

The Tragic Case of Janzen Jackson

By Alex Norman You are Janzen Jackson… you have been charged with murder. There was a time when you were one of the nation’s top football recruits for the Class of 2009, out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. says you run a 4.43 40.  You are a 5-star prospect. For almost […]

Sound the vuvuzelas! Get ready for another 2-1 match

By Steve Williams For years we’ve heard many American sports fans say soccer isn’t exciting enough. “Not enough scoring,” they say when the World Cup rolls around every four years. For the fun of it, let’s put the shoe on the other foot, so to speak. Would soccer be more popular in the eyes of […]

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part III

By Ray Hill Henry Horton had won reelection as governor in 1930, but within days the landscape of Tennessee politics was forever altered.  Both Horton and his closest political adviser , Luke Lea, were made politically impotent when Caldwell and Company, one of the biggest banking concerns in the South, failed.  Rogers Caldwell had been […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I used to like liver and onions; at least until I worked at an inner city hospital during my internal medicine training.  I’ve seen some bad livers in my day, and I can no longer stomach this traditional English dish.  That being said, the English eat some strange things and aren’t […]