Local Columnists

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.


May. 02, 2015 @ 11:16 PM

Jason Davis: The Odyssey: It’s Greek to me

As the end of the school year approaches, many of the local high school drama clubs and choral classes are having their end of the year shows.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

Ask the Doc: For medical students, Match Day is a critical juncture

Every fourth year medical student knows the date. They have no other plans that morning.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Michael Collins: Camp Koinonia is a beautiful place

What do you get when you give 200-plus college kids a week off and the keys to a 190-acre, multimillion-dollar summer camp facility?


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 01:04 PM

Jason Davis: IDDCS is a real, self-afflicting condition

Leaving the seat up. Not using the hamper. Close-talking.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Ask the Doc: Insurance data collection, a growing intrusion

Coach Malcolm Pendergrass gave each of us football players a summer workout running program.  It was the spring of 1984 and we had mightily moved the Harriman football program from a winless 0-10 season in 1982 to a 3-7 season in 1983 (well, it seemed mighty to us).  He wanted us in better shape in the fall.  He wasn’t going to monitor us or have us write down how much we did.  He expected we wanted to be better and would do it.  We did.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Jason Davis: A little bit of this and that on a spring day

With teachers and students on spring break in Sevier County this past week, it almost felt as if I, too, had a week of vacation.