Lifestyles Columnists

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.


Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Adriana Zoder: Children benefit from writing and sending cards

With Christmas behind us and several people to thank for their gifts, I sat down with my children and asked them to draw some pictures as a way to express gratitude.


Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Kenneth Burns: The slopes are calling, but am I listening?

I’ve got skiing on the brain. Can you blame me?


Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Carl Mays: “It’s about the relationship”

An article titled “The ripple effect” appeared in The Dallas Morning News this week, written in correlation with the Feb. 5 National Signing Day for college football, the day when high school graduates show just how truly “committed” they are to the colleges to which they previously “committed.” The article is about how head coaches and assistant coaches moving from one college to another make an impact in regards to the teams with whom the players eventually sign scholarship papers.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

Jake Old: After a life change, putting insomnia to sleep

Insomnia has historically been a hurdle for me – going back to high school, when I would find myself staring at the ceiling for many hours of the night, my mind racing.


Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Carl Mays: "It's how you play the game..."

One day during this Super Bowl week, I was e-mailed a story regarding the spiritual life of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The next day a story came in about Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s spirituality.


Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Carl Mays: Combine understanding and action

We are well into 2014, getting ready to enter the last week of January. Many of you have seen (and are probably “full-up” of) articles about goal-setting – articles covering such things as how to set goals, how not to set goals, should we even set goals, etc. But before we leave January behind and venture into February, let me suggest you might take one more look back at last year and another look ahead to this year.


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Kenneth Burns: That great American invention, the theme park

A hush has fallen over Sevier County.


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 11:37 PM

Upland Chronicles: Controversy surrounds the legend of Fort Harry

Over the past 150 years, numerous stories have been passed down from generation to generation about a fortification known as Fort Harry. It was reputedly built by the infamous Thomas’ Legion, on a bluff protruding from the side of Mt. LeConte about eight miles south of Gatlinburg.


Jan. 16, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

Carl Mays: Have the courage to try

Different people at different times have different definitions of success.


Jan. 11, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Adriana Zoder: Wilderness Wildlife Week a free, annual tradition

For the third year in a row, we will take our children to the Wilderness Wildlife Week, a free, annual event in Pigeon Forge. Besides the new programs featured, it will be exciting to explore its new location. LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge looks pretty impressive from the outside.


Jan. 11, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Jake Old: A rough night for a power trio

During my not-quite-so celebrated stint as a struggling musician in Middle Tennessee, I had some strange experiences with strange individuals. Notably, the homeless man whose entire body, from head to toe, was painted blue for no discernible reason as he walked the streets of downtown Nashville with his guitar, harassing people with his slight musical abilities and his far greater skill, begging for cigarettes.