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I always think about Chandler King on December 7. He is the only person I have ever actually known who was at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day in 1941. Of course, he never said a word about it to me. more
In the mid-20th century, the American hospitality landscape underwent a transformation, thanks to the visionary entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson. His pioneering spirit and commitment to excellence culminated in the creation of Holiday Inn, a brand that would redefine the standards of the hotel industry and helped create jobs throughout the south including McKenzie. more
Sitting in the media workroom Friday afternoon, I witnessed Alcoa win its ninth consecutive TSSAA Football Championship with twenty-two overall championships. Instantly, I hear chatter about how they should move up to 4A or even 5A. Then after McKenzie was defeated, I walked back into the media workroom feeling rather dejected. After a few minutes, I was thinking about how it would be nice not to have to play South Pittsburg ever again because they need to be playing in 2A or 3A. After all, it’s just not fair. more
I’ve told you several times how my wife stole our neighbor’s cat. And listen, don’t think exaggeration here. Don’t think we “borrow” her on occasion; or Cooney has become the “neighborhood” revolving pet; or we just feed her when our neighbors are out of town. more
While digging around for inspiration this week, I began looking for interesting tales or stories about Thanksgiving in Tennessee. Well, let’s just say that all I could find were stories about the first Thanksgiving in 1621 or diatribes tearing down the holiday for whatever reason. Then I found something interesting and decided I would share it in its entirety this week. It comes from the Knoxville History Project, a group interested in promoting the history of Knoxville. more
In the town of Savannah, Tennessee, a star was born on November 16, 1874. Mary Elizabeth Patterson would go on to become a trailblazer in the world of entertainment, leaving an indelible mark as an actress whose talent and tenacity transcended the limitations of her time. more
The thing I like best about Thanksgiving is the sameness of it. Now, you say that about most anything else in the world and it is a condemning statement. Nobody wants the same old, same old... more
As hate and death continue in the Middle East, please allow me to share the following two passages of scripture with you, my Neighbors: more
I was teaching as hard as I could about Teddy Roosevelt’s involvement with the Panama Canal when Ruth Pettis asked, “If you could go back to a particular time and place in history, where would it be?” more
In the heart of the Cumberland Plateau in Pall Mall, Tennessee, on December 13, 1887, Alvin Cullum York was born. Raised in a modest log cabin, Alvin grew up in a large family where he was one of eleven children. Like most in the area, the Yorks faced the harsh realities of poverty and a hardscrabble existence. more
My first wife’s first cousin’s first born son (say that real fast ten times in a row) went to college on a fishing scholarship. Now, I know what you’re thinking. I had to sit down, too. more
“A republic, if you can keep it” was the response Ben Franklin gave to Elizabeth Willing Powell of Philadelphia when asked, “Do we have a republic or a monarchy?” It was the last day of the Constitutional Convention, 1787, and Franklin had finished addressing the members with the warning that “when you assemble men with the advantage of joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions and the local interest and selfish views.” more
Have you ever wondered about the origins of football… American Football? Well, here’s the answer. American football evolved from soccer and rugby. more
Some of my fondest memories growing up come from my recollections of me as a little boy spending time with my granddad, Verdell Story. He was born and raised here, and when he returned home in the early 1980s after his career in California, it was as if he never left. Most of his friends and acquaintances welcomed him home. more
Mister (Fred) Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ more
Mom was not a big proponent of Halloween. She thought it had pagan roots. Or at least, she feared the idea of haunted houses, witches stirring up secret recipes over a burning cauldron, and guys running around wearing that bloody mask with the hatchet sticking into the skull might warp us for life. more
Sampson W. Keeble, a prominent figure in Tennessee’s political history, left an indelible mark on the state through his remarkable accomplishments and dedication to public service. Born in 1833, Keeble’s life journey took him from humble beginnings as a slave to becoming the first African American to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly in the late 19th century. His legacy of resilience and trailblazing in politics continues to inspire generations of leaders and citizens. more
Am I the only one confused here... I thought the Supreme Court ruled some time ago this “forgiving” government loans to college students was not legal, proper or allowed. I breathed a sigh of relief. Simply because I was under the strong persuasion that what’s fair for the goose is fair for the gander. more
. . says the Lord. With so much anger and hate boiling over in the Middle East, please allow me to share the following two passages of scripture with you, my neighbors: for the day of vengeance and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip? Because the day of their calamity is at hand; their doom comes swiftly. more
After serving two terms as President from 1829 to 1837, Andrew Jackson retired to his beloved plantation, The Hermitage, just outside of Nashville. His retirement, however, did not mark the end of his political influence but rather the beginning of a new phase in his career as a statesman. more
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