Local Columnists

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

Michael Collins: Thoughts on chicken, corruption and SEC rivalries

A recent collegiate study ranked Tennessee as third on the list of most corrupt states in the union. Third!


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

Jason Davis: On Father’s Day, remember the true importance of Dad

As a relatively new father, I’ve become keenly aware of something.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Ask the doc: VA medical system has issues, but can be fixed

A very recent conversation with a veteran about his major cardiovascular surgery at a Veteran's Hospital here in Tennessee was enlightening, and not a surprise.


Jun. 03, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Michael Collins: Looking back on graduation

May is pretty darn hectic for a school kid’s parents. Multiply that times four and you get a feel for the gauntlet that my wife and I have just treaded.



May. 27, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Ask the Doc: What causes Alzheimer's?

Doc: I fear losing my memory more than anything else. What can I do to not get Alzheimer’s?


May. 24, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

Jason Davis: Love of reading among the greatest gifts parents can give

As the summer reading program announcements from around the county come into The Mountain Press, I can’t help but get excited for our local children.


May. 20, 2014 @ 08:40 PM

Michael Collins: Deciphering motorcycle code, avoiding road rash

It is motorcycle season, friends. Look twice before pulling out. I always do.


May. 20, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Dusty Walker: Meet Our Tourists

It was a beautiful warm and sunny day at the National Park Rangers headquarters in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when I first met the Stump family from Lima, Ohio.



May. 18, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Jason Davis: Can parents be too hands on?

Because I was raised about five miles off the main road in the rural community of Pinecrest, Tenn., I tend to get my dander up when I see my home county mentioned negatively on the Knoxville news — it’s only natural.


May. 13, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Ask the Doc: What about online medical records?

Question: So how private are my medical records on computers?


May. 12, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Jason Davis: For me, Mother’s Day should be Sister’s Day

Mother’s Day is always an awkward holiday for me. 

On Feb. 19, 1981, my mother succumbed to a long battle with cancer, just two weeks before my third birthday.


May. 05, 2014 @ 12:30 AM

Jason Davis: Concerning trend in local politics has caught my eye

There’s a growing trend in Sevier County which, as an independent thinker, sort of bothers me.


Apr. 29, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Ask the Doc: What's up with all the computers?

Doc: Why are all my doctors now using computers instead of dictating? Seems like he looks more at the computer than me now.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Curtis Trotter: Addiction: Why can’t they just stop?

The recent death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman shocked many throughout the country. Indeed it was a tragedy but not all that unique.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

Jason Davis: Where’s the bunny come from anyway?

Ah, Easter.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 09:31 AM

Michael Collins: Morbid motivation leads to sweaty success

I hope you have at least one dear friend you can count on for anything. I am blessed with many.

One such friend to me is Gus Floodquist. You may know him as one of the smiling faces at SmartBank. I know him as Gustaaaaahv, the high school buddy that I roomed with briefly in college. Gus was in the Army ROTC at UT, and many a day I, along with other roommates, would tear into his MRE’s when he wasn’t looking, purely out of a desire for self-preservation.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Ask the doctor: Where are the hospital visits?

Doc: Why doesn’t my physician see me anymore when I’m in the hospital?


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Michael Collins: Morbid motivation leads to sweaty success

I hope you have at least one dear friend you can count on for anything. I am blessed with many.

One such friend to me is Gus Floodquist. You may know him as one of the smiling faces at SmartBank. I know him as Gustaaaaahv, the high school buddy that I roomed with briefly in college. Gus was in the Army ROTC at UT, and many a day I, along with other roommates, would tear into his MRE’s when he wasn’t looking, purely out of a desire for self-preservation.


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Michael Collins: A yard sale is fun, as long as it’s not mine

Ahh spring.  

The daffodils are blooming and my beloved pear trees are bestowing their splendor on the community.  In the distance, one can hear the sound of lawnmowers cranking up two weeks before anyone else as the retired neighbors who have devoted their golden years to ensuring that their lawns look like they have been transplanted from the ninth fairway at Augusta shame the rest of us who are still trying to make a permanent end to the remaining fall leaves that we never got entirely cleared away before winter arrived. 


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Jason Davis: Do more laws always help? It appears not

Tasked with regularly writing editorials for The Mountain Press, I’ve watched the Tennessee Legislature more closely this session than ever before in my life.


Apr. 07, 2014 @ 12:17 AM

Jason Davis: Making lifelong memories just takes a little time

March 21 was an amazing day for me, perhaps one of my best as a parent.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Ask the doc: Is marriage really good for me?

Medical research now says you might live longer because of your marriage.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

Jason Davis: Every newspaper has its issues

In some ways, newspapers are a little like jobs.