Today's Opinions

  • Who really is to blame?

     Again, we have a situation where elected leaders should be quoting Oscar Wilde- the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want.

    Just ask the LaFollette City Council.

    In May 2009 it wanted James Lynch to run the city’s police force. He was picked from a sizeable pool of applicants. While he was the only one among them who was currently serving on the LPD force, there were others who possessed the management experience Lynch lacked.

  • Faithful Words



    Four ways to look at giving


    “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (See 2 Corinthians 97, RSV)

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    It started back in late summer. Wife Yvonne and I peeled, sliced, and placed out in the hot July and August sun, bucket after bucket of apples.  The sweet, juicy slices baked under the sweltering star until they were completely dehydrated, shriveling and crinkling up into chip-like vestiges of their former selves.  After the drying process was deemed finished, we placed them into freezer bags for storage.

  • On Higher Ground

    Fans for the opposing team are people too


     “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers”  (Ephesians 4:31).

    Last Saturday was a rare treat for Marcia and me. We attended the Tennessee vs. Ole Miss homecoming game at Neyland Stadium. It was the first time in years we’d been there for a game. And accompanying us were our son Josh and his wife from Maryland and our daughter Susanna and her husband from Nashville.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    A dark night exploding with brightness


    I’m sure it was just another ordinary night for the shepherds as they watched over their flocks the night that Jesus was born. They had no idea what was about to take place; but then the extra-ordinary happened.

  • Editorial Cartoon Dec. 2
  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 25
  • What about Thanksgiving?

     It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

    This is where if I could I would insert the sound effect of a record player needle scratching across a vinyl LP and me saying “What?!”

    I mean really, did I miss the memo or have we quit celebrating Thanksgiving?

    Now, before those of you who have already decked the halls quit reading for fear that I am just about to jump up on my soapbox, don’t worry, I’m not going to start preaching.  Well, at least not much.