NCAA Ineptitude Always on Display

By Mark Nagi The NCAA is investigating alleged rules violations that took place during the Jeremy Pruitt era. At least I think that’s what they are doing. Because really… can we be sure about any of their activities these days? Tennessee fired Pruitt 16 months ago,...

‘Some wonderful moments for both sides’

By Tom Mattingly If Crump Stadium in Memphis helped define the Tennessee football series with Mississippi and Mississippi State before the advent of Memphis Memorial Stadium, then the history of Stoll Field, the site of the Tennessee-Kentucky game every other year...

What Happened?

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures. The Psalmist By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I begin this essay on my seventy-first birthday, I wonder, “What happened?” It doesn’t seem so long ago that I retired from traditional medical practice, my...

Discipline worked

By Joe Rector Do you remember when you cried after a punishment, usually a spanking, from your parents? You snotted and sniveled and sometimes squalled. Do you recall what your dad or mom said? I bet it was something along the lines of, “You stop that crying or I’ll...

Following Dr. Thomas Walker

By Mike Steely When explorer Dr. Thomas Walker entered the territory outside Colonial America in 1750 and crossed the mountains he eventually passed through what the Cherokee called “Ouasioto” which meant “mountain gap.” Walker, on his way into what was to become...

More Wildfires in Sevier County

By Ralphine Major Spring.  It is the season of Easter celebration, new life, and new growth with all its hope and beauty.  The mountains of East Tennessee are majestic especially in the spring.  But spring of 2022 once again brought tragedy to the region. Wildfires...