Puppies and children

By Joe Rector Lately, I’ve put a great deal of thought into puppies and small children. I’m not sure if this mental activity is the result of my advancing age or if I’m returning to my past youth. Still, who doesn’t like…puppies? Unfortunately, I know plenty of folks who aren’t such fans of small humans. […]

The Daniel Boys

By Ralphine Major Part 3 in series on Creed Daniel It is not surprising that Creed Daniel is well known in rural Grainger County where he first began practicing law with his late father, W. I. Daniel, over 60 years ago!  Creed’s skill as an attorney has been recognized beyond his hometown of Rutledge.  In […]

How Does a Structured Settlement Work?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have no personal experience with a structured settlement, but I bet you know the J.G. Wentworth jingle that starts off, “If you have a structured settlement and you need cash now…” Before we dive into what those people in the commercial are singing about, let’s discuss what a structured settlement […]

Memories of Earl Weaver

By John J. Duncan Jr. Even some of the best sports fans in this area do not know that Earl Weaver started his Hall of Fame career as a baseball manager for the Knoxville Smokies. And the agreement that started it took place on the patio of Holston Hills Club in a meeting between my […]

The Feudist

The Feudist

Senator K. D. McKellar vs. Drew Pearson By Ray Hill Kenneth D. McKellar was the first person ever to be popularly elected to the United States Senate in Tennessee. McKellar was also Tennessee’s longest serving senator, a record that remains unbroken. All told, K. D. McKellar spent forty-two years in Congress; six in the House […]

‘She Works HIS Way’

  By Ralphine Major “How can I glorify God, honor my family, and serve others at work?” Michelle Myers tackles those powerful questions as founder of “She Works HIS Way” (swHw) Ministry. The idea for such a ministry was born from a 5 a.m. “Google hangout” with three friends. Now, six years later, thousands of […]

The Sounds of Sports

By Joe Rector Sports made a return to our lives not long ago. A collective sigh could almost be heard echoing from coast to coast. We Americans love our teams and crave seeing them on screens or in stadiums or on courts. This year’s edition of sports is unusual and difficult for some to get […]

Interested in strange places in East Tennessee?

By Mike Steely I was going through my photo files recently and ran across several photos of unusual places in our region. With the COVID-19 pandemic clustering many families inside except for needed food shopping I thought I’d share some of the places with you You can easily drive to most of the strange places […]

Stress Tests

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Our world is not divided by race, color, gender or religion. Our world is divided into wise people and fools. And fools divide themselves by race, color, gender or religion.” Nelson Mandela   These days we hear a lot about divisiveness and especially the generational characteristics of millennials. I have written […]