Opinion

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...

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...

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TN Dept. of Health reports a 12th case of coronavirus in Scott County

The TN Dept. of Health on Friday reported a 12th case of the virus in Scott County — the first new case here since...

Wet weather pattern will soon be history

Friday dawned with yet another threat of scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, as an upper level low pressure system that has been stationed over...

Bandy Creek, Station Camp campgrounds reopening

BANDY CREEK — The National Park Service announced Friday that Bandy Creek Campground and Station Creek Campground in the Big South Fork National River...

Unemployment and Covid-19: A staggering reversal of fortunes

As anticipated, Tennessee's first set of county unemployment rates to take March's coronavirus-inspired business closures and layoffs into account were brutal — double-digit jobless...
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