Silence in the face of evil is evil itself; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. Dietrich Bonhoeffer By Dr. Jim Ferguson It is now April 1st and Maundy Thursday as I begin this essay during Easter week. I am usually better organized writing […]

The Alabama Invasion

By Mark Nagi So, I was in West Town Mall with my daughters a few weeks ago and I noticed something rather disconcerting. No, it wasn’t the utter lack of respect for personal space from fellow patrons, nor the ludicrous number of kiosks selling gear that no one needs. It was the number of folks […]

Not bad for his time

By Tom Mattingly Record-setting performances happen in unexpected places, at unexpected times. It happened in a televised game in the days there were precious few games on the tube. On Nov. 9, in the ninth game of the 1966 season, Tennessee was unranked in AP’s Top 10. The Vols and Kentucky were squaring off at […]

Immigration Crisis

By John J. Duncan Jr. Americans are the kindest, most generous people in the world. No other nation even comes close to the U.S. in doing things for other countries. But it is ridiculous for the federal government to spend $86.9 million to house illegal immigrants in name-brand hotels and motels. Can you imagine the […]

How Many Judges are in Knox County?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Being a judge is an important and prestigious job. These are not jobs they just hand out to anyone, these jobs are few and far between. Knox County is unique because it is the location where many judges hold court. Knox County is home to a federal courthouse and the Tennessee Court […]

The Madness of March!

By Ralphine Major It’s back! For the first time in two years, fans are able to see basketball teams compete in the NCAA Tournaments. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tournaments were canceled in 2020. Tennessee is my team! Unfortunately, the VOLS and Lady VOLS are out of the tournaments. I may not remember the teams […]

Baseball Time

By Joe Rector I’m back in the baseball watching business again. Yes, just a few weeks ago I said that I was stepping away from sports for a while. However, that was before UT’s team began its season and put on several exciting exhibitions of grit, determination, and talent. Things also have changed since my […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Board of Health Follies The Knox County Commission has finally done exactly what everybody expected it to do; i.e. make the county’s Board of Health an advisory body. It places responsibility squarely upon the shoulders of county health director Martha Buchanan. That’s where it belongs in my opinion, especially in light of […]

Reading and writing

Anything you dream is fiction. Anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. Ray Bradberry By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m always on the lookout for a story, especially an essay topic. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about communication and especially about writing. Each week for the last […]