Today's Opinions

  • On Higher Ground

    Quite a cause for a celebration


    Since writing my column last week, the world has undergone a change of cataclysmic proportions—for the better, I might add. For the life of me, I cannot understand the lack of coverage in the news media. None of the major cable outlets carried the story, nor did any major metropolitan newspaper. What were they thinking?

    So what happened Wednesday morning Dec. 1 in the wee hours that so affected our future?  This writer became a grandfather!

  • Church News

    Indiana Avenue Baptist Church will present a Christmas Comedy Dinner Theater on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the meal and are available at the church office, Gifts from Above, or from members of the church. For those who do not wish to purchase a meal, call the church office to reserve a seat. For more information call 562-3420.


    Indian Mound Baptist Church will have a Christmas play on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.


    Long Hollow Baptist Church will have its children’s Christmas program on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.


  • Caryville Library News

    Caryville Library News

    By: Barbara Harness


    Greetings!  The Caryville Public Library would like to invite you to a Happy Birthday Jesus party.  It will be on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m., weather permitting.  (This is the day that the county schools release at 11:30 a.m.)  We will learn about the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it each year.  The party is open for all ages, so come down and join us.

  • Editorial Cartoon Dec. 16
  • In My Perfect World

    By Kathy Jeffers Smith


    Yes, after 30 years, I decided to do some smoking again - cigarettes, that is.  After all, I needed a break. My husband’s recovery has been slow in this latest hospital stay - it’s frustrating and discouraging to watch, sitting by his bed day after day. Then there are the multitude of things to do that are just piling up back at the farm, and the decisions to make that could profoundly impact both our lives.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    What do we choose to worship?


    I often find myself writing an article pertaining to a current Sunday school lesson. If you do a little studying, the thoughts stay in your mind. The scripture was about Asa, he was the sixth King since Israel started having Kings.

    There were 33 Kings that did evil in the sight of God and nine that did right. II Chronicles 14:2-4 gives this account of Asa; “And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.

  • Faithful Words


    Hope for the nations


    “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3, RSV)

  • On Higher Ground

    The thrill of anticipation of a newborn baby


    Somehow we must have known this one was going to be a girl. We were agreed on a girl’s name but not a boy’s. Susanna. A combination of Susan, Anne, and Nancy, three girls who had had a significant impact on my wife Marcia.