College Football this Fall is in Jeopardy

By Mark Nagi Late last week, the NCAA released its “next set of return to sport” guidelines. And if you thought it would be business as usual in the sport we all love so much, think again. Other sports such as golf and cross country have been affected by COVID-19, but let’s be clear. Football […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, XII

Odds & Ends of This & That, XII

  Clerk’s Loan Needed I don’t think there’s any doubt our county, state, country and world have changed a lot since the advent of the COVID-19 virus.  It’s almost impossible to find anyone or anything left untouched by the coronavirus.  Charlie Susano, Clerk of the Circuit, Civil Sessions and Juvenile Courts, is asking the county […]

Congresswoman Irene Baker

Congresswoman Irene Baker

By Ray Hill Edith Irene Bailey Baker is the only woman to represent Tennessee’s Second Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives.  For those folks who recall Irene Baker today, it is usually because she was the step-mother of U. S. Senator Howard Baker. Irene Bailey Baker was born in Sevierville and began […]

Susurrus

Susurrus

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Well, we made it back from the beach without incidence. The only difference I noted in our recent travel was the ubiquitous mask that even our airport’s Smokey bears are forced to wear. Sadly, most of us can now complain, “I can’t breathe.” I would like to give a shout out […]

A Music Legend Gone

By Rosie Moore Someone once said, “Music is the food of the soul.” I don’t remember who said that, but I agree entirely. I love all kinds of music, be it opera, jazz, country, gospel, Classic, whatever, it charms my soul. And it’s been around for thousands of years. Some say for over 40,000 years. […]

Remembering a Special Man of God, Part 2: Rev. James McCulla

By Ralphine Major It looked like the talented, young pitcher from Knoxville had a future in professional baseball when the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators invited him to summer camp.  But James McCulla passed on those golden opportunities.  He had already surrendered to the ministry.  Summer Russell shared as much in a loving tribute to […]

Who has the right?

By Joe Rector Americans baffle me. We never seem to stay on an even keel. One minute we are excited about the wonderful things in this life; the next, we are bemoaning the terrible fates that have befallen us. What we might do before the whining begins is realize that most of our problems are […]

What we missed at SEC Media Days

By Mark Nagi COVID-19 is continuing to have a massive affect on the world of sports.  One of the many victims was the annual SEC Media Days. It was supposed to take place July 13-16 in Atlanta, but the schedule was changed for good reason. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun with […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, XI

Odds & Ends of This & That, XI

By Steve Hunley   Evetty Satterfield’s Bold Move By the time this is published, I will be surprised if Evetty Satterfield, the Knox County Board of Education member from the First District, is under attack by professional agitators and anarchists.  The First District encompasses most of Knoxville’s Black community, as well as downtown and the […]