Appalachian Notebook: Classified ads can soar to literary heights – or not

The classified ad listed under a Sporting Goods header in the local shopper piqued my interest. For only $25, I could own an almost...

Editorial: The system gets it right

How often is it said that a recently-sentenced defendant, especially one who has been convicted of crimes against children, deserved “more than he got”? Usually,...

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...

Our View: Positive signals from Lee administration

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee wasn’t anywhere near Scott County last week, but a visit by a senior member of his cabinet — and the...

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...

Appalachian Notebook: Lure by lure, recalling a lifetime of fishing

Restoring old fishing reels from a cache bequeathed to me by my late father and uncle led me to wonder if anyone would care...

Out My Way: Men and their penchant for drawing on bathroom walls

“It’s a blank canvas. If you will it so, it can be your masterpiece.”Those are the words spoken every morning by radio host Hallerin...

Out My Way: Shoplifting? Smile, you’re on camera

Have you ever stood outside a Walmart store and marveled at the number of surveillance cameras that are mounted to the top of the...

Appalachian Notebook: We inherited a bucket full of busted fishing reels

The plastic bucket full of old fishing reels arrived via a circuitous route of family ownership and gifting, but it always was meant for...

Out My Way: A cemetery’s million words, Part II

Several months ago, I wrote at length about finding a random headstone deep in the Big South Fork backcountry and the history it portrayed.On...

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