A ‘Staycation’ at Blount Mansion

By Mike Steely We’ve had a weird winter and it seems it is ice and snow every other week with very little sun and warmth in between. It’s a good time to take a day away from the house and get downtown to visit some of the city’s by-gone days. There are lots of things […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part VI): Life on the farm

By Ralphine Major He scored over 2,000 points in both his high school and college careers.  He became a college All-American and was later named to Carson-Newman’s Team of the Century.  He played softball for 22 years and was named to the Knoxville Softball Hall of Fame.  Despite his achievements in athletics, however, Tommy Everette […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson When I started my sabbatical a friend advised me to be careful and not provoke my wife.  I assured her that a married man north of sixty knows the rules.  Becky and I have a successful marriage and the key aspect is equality strengthened by the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 4:12.  Though […]

Carter Hornets are state’s top-scoring basketball team

By Steve Williams The old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” comes to mind when considering what Carter High School’s boys basketball team has done on the court this season. The Hornets, under new coach Joby Boydstone, didn’t win the District 3-AA regular season championship, but they averaged 92.3 points […]

You Mad Bro? Local Sports Talk Radio Anger Grows

By Alex Norman Consistent readers of this column have noticed how much joy I get from local sports talk radio shows.  I don’t have official confirmation, but at last count I believe that there are approximately 493 local sports talk radio shows that folks can listen to in the Knoxville market. Former Vols, including Erik […]

Dal Gene

By Joe Rector Dal Gene …that’s what everyone called him from birth until sometime after he went away to college. Then he became Dallas or Dal, and the “Gene” disappeared. Even at the young age of seventeen, he was older and much wiser than his years. According to our parents, this first-born child was almost […]

I Dreamed a Dream

By Rosie Moore Are you watching the Olympics? I hope so. Those fabulous, sometimes nerve-wracking, yet thrilling games between the most athletic young people in the world–and some not so young are awe-inspiring. Let’s talk about the ice skaters.  While some of them do have falling spills, most of them jump right up and keep […]

Publisher’s Position: State of the Schools Address Is More of the Same

By Steve Hunley Anyone expecting anything new in Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s annual State of the Schools address had to be terribly disappointed.  Recently, there has been an attempt to make McIntyre more human; the fact a public official who has been here six years needs to be humanized should be quite telling.  McIntyre […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

Estes Kefauver had quite nearly managed the impossible by getting himself elected to the United States Senate in 1948.  Kefauver took advantage of E. H. Crump’s mistake in refusing to back Senator Tom Stewart for reelection. The state of the national Democratic Party that year was divided beyond all hope.  President Harry Truman had been […]

Something Happens

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The other day my mother-in-law called me to say she’s been thinking about pharmaceutical development.  She wondered if this might be a topic for my column.  After our conversation I thought, how remarkable is the curiosity of this ninety-seven year old woman.  I can only hope that I remain inquisitive through […]