Garrett: School's actions speak loudly

It is often said that actions speak louder than words.If that old adage is true, Christian Academy of Knoxville's actions last week spoke volumes.CAK...

Our View: Everyone wins with motel deal

Last week’s court order allowing the Oneida Family Motel to reopen is a win for everyone.It’s a win for 8th Judicial District Attorney Jared...

Fighting fracking, promoting poverty

Unable to persuade legislators to ban fracking on the federal or state levels, environmentalists are now waging their war on fracking one locality at...

A talk with Santa

By Bob CramptonHello Santa,We need to talk.  Actually, maybe I need to talk and I’d like you to listen.  You see, in 2016, right...

Smith: It’s time to do the right thing

By Tim SmithLet me begin by saying I made a mistake in the naming of the petition that was posted online. The petition was...

Appalachian Notebook: Speaking up for App-Uh-Lach-Uh’s hybrid language

Among fellow Appalachians, my grandmother never worried that someone would be puzzled by what “play pretty” meant. However, using this unique regional phrase instead...

Garrett: The best option may be to eat him

As I watched Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow in Podunk, Penn., Sunday morning, I was reminded of Clark Griswold’s line in the movie “Christmas...

Garrett: Biggest bear threat is missing pic-a-nic basket

My first encounter with a black bear was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Actually, the encounter was at Mynatt Park on the outskirts...

Martin Luther King changed white America, too

With Monday’s dismissal of schools and closure of local and state government offices will come the obligatory objections that Martin Luther King Jr. doesn’t...

Out My Way: In this troubled era, we need more Howard Bakers

I recently had a flashback to a conversation I had with U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. more than a decade ago.It was during a...

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