‘Why not Scott County?’

By Scott McNamara Editor's Note — The following was submitted by Scott McNamara as a letter to the editor. Although it's hardly typical practice, we...

Appalachian Notebook: Worrying about the new socialists and weak leaders

An old friend and I talked recently about politics. We focused on the state of affairs in Washington, D.C., both of us bemoaning the...

Editorial: It’s time for overhaul of dangerous S.R. 63 intersection

We can't be the first to say it, but let us be next: TDOT, you simply must take action to make the S.R. 63-S.R....

Out My Way: As violence rages, we all must tone it down

In the aftermath of Saturday's slaughter of 20 innocent people inside an El Paso Walmart, it was easy to find news of the killer's...

Appalachian Notebook: An ICU experience — loss, life and a boat

“We need a boat.” This was the premise of extended discussion at our house as spring approached and Karen, my wife, reminded me that she...

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...

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