Local Columnists

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Ask the Doc: Many changing recommendations for prostate screenings

He knew he was a defeated man, succumbing to the power that he loved, who now had him sitting in my office waiting for the self-imposed doom that had weighed on his mind for over a decade.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:26 PM

Jason Davis: TV llama drama revives memories of zany stories covered

As the drama of two llamas racing through the streets of an Arizona city captivated TV audiences as scores of folks on social media last week, my brain shot back to my first journalism job out of college and an odd call we heard over the police scanner.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Michael Collins: The joys, terrors of a home garden

With the recent cabin fever, my wife began combing through seed catalogs in preparation to start a small garden this spring. We fully intend to force our children to grow at least one item they consider edible so they can plant, cultivate and eventually consume the product of their own efforts.

Feb. 21, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Jason Davis: Icy weather makes for a crazy week

What a week.

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

Ask the Doc: One of nature's best remedies may be just a pet away

Research has uncovered a new treatment for patients with advanced cancer. It improves the social and emotional scores of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments even as their functional and physical scores plummeted.

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Jason Davis: Confessions of a eclectic mind

I like to say I have varying interests.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:43 PM

Michael Collins: Families need continued support in tragic time

Like you, I have found my mind focused on thoughts of the untimely deaths last week.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

Jason Davis: Here are some random thoughts on a winter day

A busy week left my notebook full of column ideas, so here’s a little bit of this and that from the files:

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Ask the Doc: Measles outbreak proves it's a small world

David Edmonston was 11 years old in 1954. He had no idea he was going to be a part of a medical breakthrough likely saving thousands of lives and reducing suffering in children for decades to come.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Michael Collins: Avoiding people isn’t what Jesus would do

I am not a Democrat. No surprise there for those who know me.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 12:41 AM

Stan Voit: ‘Selma’ evokes flood of memories

There is a scene in the movie “Selma” when the marchers are heading down Water Avenue in their first attempt to cross the bridge as a symbolic show of unity. Suddenly they pass right by The Selma Times-Journal newspaper building, make a sharp right, then start to cross the bridge.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Ask the Doc: Why can allergies be worse in winter?

I threw our Christmas tree out the back door at 9:10 a.m. Christmas morning. I regret I didn’t do it sooner.

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 12:33 AM

Jason Davis: Awards, honors shouldn’t come with strings attached

I first met Ms. Mary when I was working as a reporter at the LaFollette Press back in my hometown of LaFollette, Tenn.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Michael Collins: When it comes to criminals, we’ve got some doozies

Have you ever seen the “World’s Dumbest Criminals” TV show?

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Jason Davis: A little bit of this and that

In the hangover of the holiday season, I had a rough time coming up with one theme or topic for this week’s column.

Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Ask the Doc: What’s up with so many prescription warnings?

Doc: Does anyone ever ask for one of those advertised drugs after hearing all of the possible side effects the drugs can cause?

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Michael Collins: Police scanner evokes memories of Clyde

Santa brought me a police scanner for Christmas.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Jason Davis: Christmas never lasts long enough

After weeks of anticipation and build up, Christmas has come and gone.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

Ron Rader: The birth of Jesus — revisited

Yesterday morning, Sunday before Christmas, our pastor told us the Christmas story from Luke 2. This is my six plus decades of winters, so I guess I’d heard the story at least 66 times formally in church services.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ask the Doc: The gift of music for Christmas

I searched the Internet to see when he died. He had been a regular performer on the Magnavox record player my Mom played when she was busy in the house. He shared time with Floyd Cramer, Al Hirt, Roy Clark, Van Cliburn, the Chipmunks (at Christmas) and some guy named Liberace.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:48 PM

Jason Davis: Some random thoughts as Christmas nears

With this being my last column before Christmas, I'm going to share with you a few of the random things bouncing through my head as the big day draws near:

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

Michael Collins: Yes, Sevier County, there is a Santa Claus

I am a middle-age man, college educated, pretty darn savvy — if I say so myself — and I believe in Santa Claus. 

I have to. I’ve met him. 

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Davis: Just when you think you know someone, you don't

You've heard it your whole life: No matter what you think, you never truly know someone.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Ask the Doc: Why is my health my employer's business?

Imagine walking into work and being handed a form to be filled out for your employer. It has nothing to do with your work, by the way.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Jason Davis: Holiday blessing is the true source of my Christmas spirit

Last week I shared that, for multiple reasons, I found myself easily falling into the holiday spirit this season.