Lifestyles Columnists

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.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Carl Mays: "There is no happiness without action"

"They got on a 12-point run and turned this game around,” might be a phrase you have heard during the ongoing NCAA basketball tournament games. You’ve also probably heard something like, “They’re on a 13-2 run.” Even a casual basketball fan knows the first phrase means one team has scored 12 straight points while the other team has gone scoreless. The second phrase means one team has scored 13 points while the other team has scored two.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Jake Old: Don't leave arts out of education debate

A major debate, in all corners of our country, is how to “fix” education, with people proposing ideas on what the public education system needs and how resources should be spent.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

Carl Mays: I witnessed hope in action this morning

During an early morning walk in a city park today I saw a man and his chocolate Lab strolling my way. The dog suddenly sprinted from the man’s side and from the paved walkway, dashed across an open grassy area and sprinted toward a large tree. About the time the Lab reached the tree, the man and I met.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Adriana Zoder: Thanks to those kind people on the trail

Spring may still be a month away, but, just like the tourists, we take advantage of every sunny day sandwiched between cloudy, rainy days. One sunny February day, I took my children and their bikes to the Gatlinburg Trail.Publication


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:37 PM

Jeff Farrell: Frustration follows FOIA request

A little more than a year ago, I went to a Society for Professional Journalists seminar on open records laws. The first insight on the federal Freedom of Information Act was, “It’s broken.”


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Carl Mays: ‘You got a friend, and that friend is you’

Best I remember, I’ve seen the Academy Awards or Oscars TV program one time. That was when I was in college and went by my fraternity house, where some members and their dates were heavily involved in discussing who or what should win each award. However, some follow-up news about the 2014 ceremony caught my attention this week. I’m referring in particular to the acceptance speech by Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey.


Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Adriana Zoder: Calendar items for a February column

The sunshine landing on the table while we have breakfast seems strange after two weeks of cloudy skies which brought rain and snow. Do we know you, sunshine? Summer seems so long ago and spring is still not in sight.


Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Jake Old: Don't let the album die

Technology is wonderful, particularly for those who are passionate about music, like me. Just about any song ever recorded, I can look up on my phone or computer instantly.


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

Carl Mays: Enjoy and appreciate your traditions

I appreciate the email messages in response to my Valentine’s Day column last week. If you didn’t happen to see the column, it was about the celebration, challenge and test of endurance in navigating through a wedding anniversary on Feb. 9, Jean’s birthday on the 12th, and Valentine’s Day on the 14th.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Jeff Farrell: Nothing new about dark themes in pop culture

For what seems like most of my life, I’ve been having variations of the same conversation: people complaining about violence, vulgarity and profanity portrayed in our culture, whether it’s on television, music or video games.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Carl Mays: Enjoy Valentine's Day, whatever you're celebrating

As is usual this time of year, I have been experiencing celebration, challenge and a test of endurance. All of us have been reminded through printed and electronic ads that St. Valentine’s Day is a time to purchase and give flowers, candy, jewelry, cards or some other tokens to the ones we love. Relatively speaking, this one date is pretty easy to remember and prepare for.