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Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter II

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter II

By Ray Hill By the fall of 1937, E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine, was openly fighting Governor Gordon Browning. After having supported Browning for governor…

Leviathan

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A song by Kathy Mattea resonates with me this week because I’m “home alone.”  Mattea described the lifelong relationship of Claire and Edwin, whose byline was,…

Eric Berry Maintains His Tennessee Connection

By Alex Norman On a beautiful late spring weekend, around 125 kids showed up at Grace Christian Academy for the Eric Berry D1 Iron Sharpens Iron Football Camp. For Berry,…

Another generation of Mynatt Brothers

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is a common name in the Halls Community–Mynatt Road, Mynatt Cemetery, Mynatt Funeral Home, and Mynatt’s Furniture. There is another set of Mynatt Brothers with…

Why aren’t comics funny any more?

By Rosie Moore When I was eight years old a classmate of mine talked me into going to Woolworth’s 5 & 10 cent store “just to look around.” We came…

Something Above and Outside Ourselves

By Joe Rector joerector@comcast.net I’ve tried to write this piece a couple of times but found it almost impossible. The key is to put it on paper without sounding preachy…

FOCUS ON THE LAW: Supremacy Clause

Last week I heard someone complain that our state legislators just don’t understand the Supremacy Clause.  If that statement is true, I am sure they are not the only ones…

Googol

By Dr. Jim Ferguson No, my title is not a typo, nor am I referring to Google, the internet search engine, or a gargoyle.  These days we are bombarded with…

Basketball, Rabbits, and A Loving Mother (Part III)

By Ralphine Major “He took his role and played it well,” Bob Dagley said.  Dagley, head coach of the Gibbs Eagles’ 1964-65 basketball team, was talking about Ron Graves, a…

Readers’ Night Out

By Sarah Baker Friends of Literacy hosted a Readers’ Night Out event at Union Avenue Books on June 16.  Local authors including Art Smith, Vince Vawter, Marilyn Kallet, Marcel Browers,…