Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part II

By Ray Hill Following his ouster as Mayor of Memphis, E. H. Crump ran for and was elected Shelby County Trustee.  His removal from the mayor’s office was a humiliation Crump never forgot and he certainly never forgave anyone he considered to have played a part in his removal.  Crump attributed his removal from office […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “What kind of dog is that?” asked Mrs. S as I greeted her at my front door.  She was seeing me for a concierge medical visit and was obviously puzzled by my dog, Jack.  I explained to her that Jack is a Mountain Feist, but he is actually a “rescue.” In […]

Words from Nana

By Rosie Moore My grandchildren and great-grandchildren call me Nana. I called my grandmother Nana. It runs on the family. My Nana had a lot of sayings, some of them made up, I think, and lot that are true today. Here are some of them: This one was her favorite and still popular today: “Don’t […]

Lessons for Grandparents

By Joe Rector My daughter Lacey and her family moved this week. After a few years in a wonderful little house in Bellevue, just outside Nashville, they bought a house in Hendersonville. It offers much more space so that they don’t trip over each other or struggle to find space to put things. It also […]

Reflections of Summer

By Ralphine Major It is a time of hayfields and honeysuckles, birds singing, warm breezes blowing, and sunrays beaming down.  It is a time for gathering summer crops like home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, cantalopes, and watermelons.  It is a time of Vacation Bible School, summer camps, and cookouts.  After a long winter and with spring […]

It’s Time For Fans To Stop Being Creepy

By Alex Norman If you are a Tennessee football fan that pays attention to recruiting, the odds are you know about Torrance Gibson. According to 247 Sports, Gibson is a “dual–threat quarterback” that is considered to be the 14th best recruit in the nation, and the number one “athlete” in the Class of 2015. He […]

School Board Passes Budget

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com   By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com The School Board met for their June Work Session and Regular Session meetings last week. It’s too bad that Knox County Schools didn’t get $10 for every time Dr. McIntyre of one of his board members took a jab at County Commission or the Mayor for […]

Karen Carson to Invoke Board Policy BCBI to Censor Teachers?

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com Board of Education members and the public in attendance at last Monday’s Work Session meeting expected to breeze through the first eight items of the Board Agenda, with the majority of the meeting devoted to the Emerald Charter School application and the Revised FY 2015 Budget. They were quickly derailed by […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee’s Jock Tax

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law I thought I was pretty familiar with Tennessee’s Professional Privilege Tax, having paid it every year since its inception in 1992.  When first enacted, it included a laundry list of occupations and professions whose practitioners were obligated to file a return and pay the required flat tax to the […]

Publisher’s Position: Board Trying to Stifle Free Speech

Publisher’s Position: Board Trying to Stifle Free Speech

By Steve Hunley For any person who values free speech, recent actions by the Knox County Board of Education are cause for deep concern. Superintendent Jim McIntyre is always braying about “great conversations” and “wonderful dialogues,” but that is for public consumption; the reality is quite different. Board member Karen Carson apparently had an epiphany […]