Local Columnists

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.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Michael Collins: Birthday brush takes the cake

Having a kid with autism sure makes for some interesting birthdays.



Mar. 31, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Ask the Doc: On a day of practical jokes, I've told my last

I have retired. No, no, no — not from the field of medicine. I have retired from practical jokes.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

Jason Davis: Convenience comes with a hefty price tag

“There’s sucker born every minute.”


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Michael Collins: Learning karate, one earth-moving pushup at a time

Recently several readers have asked how karate is going.  OK, only one of you asked and was subsequently forced to endure my lengthy explanation. Such is the plight of a wife, I suppose.



Mar. 18, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Ask the Doc: Two cooks in one medical kitchen can cause a mess

My mother sold World Books door to door in and around Roane County for many years when I was a boy. She has the gift for selling and later on, when she worked at the local Montgomery Ward store, sold so many microwaves that an executive from the manufacturer called to see how she was doing it.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Jason Davis: Teaching privacy to the online generation vital

t’s becoming a more and more regular occurrence that a reader approaches me to offer a word on what I write in this space each week.


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.