Local Columnists

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

Ask the Doc: There's joy – and healing – in working the soil

"They's just good medicine in dirt," my patient told me.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 10:28 PM

Jason Davis: ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ makes for fun under sea

In old gangster movies, sleeping with the fishes is never a good thing. 


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Michael Collins: Finding the gold standard of papaws

I never had a papaw when I was growing up.

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

Jason Davis: Raising a kid with man’s best friend

Having a new baby at home has been an adjustment for me, my wife and our 6-year-old son.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 02:47 PM

Ask the Doc: NSAIDs: weighing benefit vs. side effects

I broke the news to her and she nearly began to cry.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Michael Collins: Celebrity encounters aren't my strong suit

Many of you know that for a season in my life I wanted nothing more than to be a radio personality.

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Jason Davis: Gardens, goats and making a change

I’ve always been a carnivore.

Beef, chicken and pork — they’re all on the menu. I’m an equal-opportunity consumer.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Michael Collins: Comfy jeans, meet the Capitol

I have certain convictions about which I am inflexible.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Carl Mays: ‘The best way out is always through’

Humorist Erma Bombeck said, “All of us have times in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them.” Dealing with the best of times and the worst of times is another.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 03:10 AM

Jason Davis: Awesome legacies of grandpas come to mind this Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, my mind is drifting to memories of my grandfathers.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Jason Davis: The first day of the rest of our lives

Last Monday started like any Monday for me: Several cups of coffee, the weekly Good News section deadline and sorting out the newsroom payroll.

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Brandon A. Lane: I’ll always remember actress Betsy Palmer

My name is Brandon A. Lane, and I have a confession, I’m a horror movie addict. So much so that I parlayed the love of watching them into a career of living a horror movie all year long.

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 05:51 PM

Ask the Doc: Weight loss is about more than the numbers

It is a unifying, aggravating, irritating, dreaded and sometimes nearly disrobing moment for patients: the weigh-in for an office visit.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Jason Davis: Family research reveals amazing, and sad, results

Sitting, huddled in my living room with only one small lamp fighting back the gloom of night, I glaced at my watch: 2 a.m.

It was the then I realized I had a problem — not with the bottle or a hard-to-kick prescription pill, but something much less sinister: Ancestry.com.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 01:56 PM

Michael Collins: The way to this man's heart was through his stomach

“You had me at hello.”

May. 30, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Jason Davis: Immigrant lives mirror my ancestors

Thursday evening my family and I were enjoying a beautiful evening at the Sevierville City Park, when something caught my eye.

May. 26, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Ask the Doc: Practice of medicine rapidly changing

“I’ve never done this before,” I said to my patient sitting in my office.

May. 24, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Jason Davis: Here’s what a young husband ought to know

I’ve always been a bookworm.

May. 21, 2015 @ 02:39 PM

Michael Collins: A young man’s special moment witnessed

Once in a while a person is fortunate enough to bear witness to a special moment.

May. 16, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Jason Davis: They law, where'd that come from?

I've lived in the South all of my life.

May. 12, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

Ask the Doc: Trouble sleeping? Try tuning out

The National Anthem was a troubling song when I was growing up.

May. 21, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

Michael Collins: Boxing: It’s just not what it used to be

Little boys learn which sport to love from their fathers. For some, it’s baseball, others football or basketball - even hockey. Although Pop liked all sports, he loved boxing.