Lifestyles Columnists

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Kenneth Burns: I wish there were more good science fiction movies

I'm going to share something private. Normally I only talk about this with close friends and family members.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Carl Mays: “It was interesting, but I didn’t enjoy it.”

Quite a number of years ago, my friends Von Ogle and wife Margie sold their motel, and Margie said she wanted to get away for a long trip. My wife Jean ran into Margie at Gatlinburg’s Anna Porter Library, where Margie had been looking through some travel books. She told Jean she had decided on a trip to Spain.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Jake Old: Combating the ongoing writer’s block

Last October, about a week or so before I moved to East Tennessee, I began writing a song that had a rare quality: I enjoyed it from the moment I first felt the inspiration.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Carl Mays: The illegal drug problem is far from new

A few days ago I was telling The Mountain Press Community News Editor Kenneth Burns about some of my earlier columns in the 1970s and 1980s before my current series began in the late 1990s. (Yes, I’ll have to admit, I was a mere babe when I began.) One series was titled “Stories from the Smokies.”


May. 30, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Jeff Farrell: Elliot Rodger's chilling video should have been warning enough

Once again, a killing spree has spurred some nationwide soul searching on the topic of mental illness. This time we might not be asking the right questions.


May. 29, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Adriana Zoder: A few thoughts on Memorial Day

The week before Memorial Day weekend, we received a letter from a company we do business with. It said that no matter how we spend Memorial Day weekend, we should take a moment to remember the fallen.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Carl Mays: Where there is cancer, there are survivors

Sunday, June 1, 2014, is National Cancer Survivors Day. A recent notice in The Mountain Press encouraged everyone to be aware of this important day, and to go beyond the awareness by encouraging survivors and showing appreciation to these warriors who have battled the dreaded disease. Those of us who know such survivors and have knowledge of what they have gone through and continue to go through can certainly understand why they deserve encouragement and a show of appreciation.


May. 24, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Kenneth Burns: Thanks for the inspiration, Coach Meyer

Don Meyer died of cancer last Sunday. One of college basketball’s most successful coaches, he notched 923 wins over the course of his long career. He was 69.


May. 22, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Carl Mays: “It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts”

Having served as master of ceremonies for the Gatlinburg Veterans Day program for many years, I have been interested in seeing the proliferation of TV commercials and programs for disabled, handicapped or paralyzed veterans recently. They have led to my paying attention to notes and articles regarding veterans as I have been sorting through files in a continuing process of eliminating some of the many items I have collected since my school days. (Just ask Jean about file cabinets, attics, storages and warehouses.)


May. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Adriana Zoder: Spend more time outside with your kids

When catkins cover our driveway and pollen layers turn every car yellow, spring has sprung, finally. It's time to bring out the higher SPF sunblock and the bug spray.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Jake Old: He's still my little brother

My younger brother, Alex, is graduating from high school next week, and I’ve already given him a hard time for being a little too sentimental about it, but the more I think about it, I’m starting to get emotional.


May. 15, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Carl Mays: God has blessed America – and me

I’m writing this column in Malvern, Ark., sitting in a guest room at a Holiday Inn Express, in which, according to all of those TV commercials, I should grow much smarter. I’m on the first leg of a car trip of 932 miles, give or take a few miles (according to the number of rest stops I have to make along the way).


May. 10, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

Jeff Farrell: A little spring cleaning can actually be a good thing

A little spring cleaning can be good for the soul. Sometimes you have to get rid of things that are holding you back.


May. 08, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Carl Mays: Quotes can give us insight

I’ve always liked quotes.


May. 03, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Adriana Zoder: Cleaning up neighborhood is lesson in service

On a recent walk through my neighborhood, I noticed the trash in the ditches. I have been aware of it for some time, but on this particular day it stood out, a bit too ugly amid the beauty of spring nature.


Apr. 26, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

Jake Old: Remembering a friend, honoring his memory

Last week I found out that an old friend of mine from high school passed away. After graduating in 2007, we lost contact with each other, except for the occasional back-and-forth on Facebook.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Adriana Zoder: It’s sad to see the health care system transformed

Raise your hand if you live in Sevier County, but have been treated by at least one Knoxville doctor in his Sevierville office. I have been seen by three such doctors. Not sure how Obamacare will affect their satellite offices here in our county, but, hopefully, they can continue to stay open. It really helps not to have to drive to Knoxville for doctors’ visits.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:37 PM

Jeff Farrell: Next UT hoops coach deserves real patience

Another year, another coaching search. That’s life as a Vol fan these days. At the risk of going against the national trend and some of our outspoken fans, it might be time to be a little more patient.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Carl Mays: Good Friday is filled with sadness – and joy

Following last week’s column in which I commented on the “Noah” film loosely based on the biblical account in Genesis, I received a couple of emails asking if I had seen the recent “Son of God” film and what I thought of it. I did see it, and I reacted both positively and negatively to it.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Kenneth Burns: Windows XP’s demise marks the end of an era

The deadline came and went last week, and I'm pretty sure the world didn't end.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Carl Mays: The key words are 'based on'

A few nights ago Jean and I watched a TV movie based on an Agatha Christie novel. “Based” is the key word here and is what today’s column is all about. But first, let me explain to those who may not be familiar with Agatha Christie (1890-1976) that she was a British writer of detective novels, short stories and stage plays.


Apr. 25, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Adriana Zoder: Music students benefit from UT violin festival

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville may be orange, but it has shades of violin brown, too.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Jake Old: Interview with Dolly doesn't disappoint

At a recent press event for the opening of Dollywood, I got a unique opportunity to meet a legend when I took part in a roundtable interview with Dolly Parton.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Carl Mays: Celebrate the days of your life

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May.” And, of course, the April Fools’ Day observance has been around since medieval times. But are you aware of some other designated days annually contained in April?


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Kenneth Burns: Space program remains a source of inspiration

If you saw “Super 8,” the hit movie from a few summers ago, you’ll recall scenes that take place in a suburban kid’s cluttered bedroom, circa 1979.