Local Columnists

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

Ask the Doc: Your data doctor will see you now

I went back in time at my grandfather's farm my last visit there. I discovered over 20 large boxes of medical records from the 1950s to 1970s stored in the loft of the barn detailing the medical history of hundreds, if not thousands, of patients in his small town.

Nov. 09, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Jason Davis: Somebody pinch me, Luke and Leia return next year

On Thursday, something happened in Hollywood that awoke my inner child.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

Michael Collins: A tale of a boy, his dogs and progress

For me, growing up in the country meant there was always a memory being created.

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Ask the Doc: What about Ebola?

I was scared of my closet as a child. After an addition to our home moved my brother out of our shared bedroom across the hall to mom and dad’s old bedroom, it became a bigger problem.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Jason Davis: Writing about death can be a tough task

Writing about death is one of the most difficult things a journalist encounters.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

Jason Davis: Pit bulls are often victims of their situations

After reading Jeff Farrell’s story on the dog breeding bust for the front page of today’s paper, I was compelled to write an editorial with a personal touch.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Michael Collins: A nod to follical faithfulness

True to my Sevier County roots, I have been getting my hair cut by the same stylist for nearly a decade.

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Jason Davis: When innovation meets regulation

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 12:41 PM

Ask the Doc: The metamorphosis of Ebola

It is becoming routine to read the news and think I am reading a Robin Cook or Tom Clancy book from twenty years ago.  An airplane as a weapon of mass murder? Clancy in 1994. An outbreak of a virus that not only kills quickly but in a terrifying manner of hemorrhaging? Robin Cook's "Outbreak" in 1987.

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Michael Collins: On young love ... and yodeling

Not to get too romance novel on you, dear reader, but today’s column is about a love affair.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

Jason Davis: Driving a Volt like driving a science experiment

As I’ve expressed many times before, I’m what most people would classify as something of a geek. We always had a computer in my house, starting with a Commodore 64 when I was in kindergarten, and my Dad was always encouraging me to read and buying educational toys.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

Pat Byington: Celebrating America’s wilderness

“When are you going to take your family to Disney World?”

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

Ask the Doc: E-cigarettes: Love, hate, fear

A patient recently asked if the new electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) really work and are safe. Curiously, the question came from a patient who had broken his habit years ago with a simple decision to quit.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

Jason Davis: Domestic violence is a scourge that can end in tragedy

It's been a tough couple of weeks in Sevier County.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

Michael Collins: Ever wanted to help someone? Here’s a chance

I recently had a “My Name is Earl” moment. For those unfamiliar, the nutty sitcom is full of laugh-out-loud moments as a man named, unsurprisingly, Earl is convinced he has bad karma and can only regain good karma by righting the wrongs he has committed in his life. He keeps a handwritten list of his wrongs, updated periodically as he recalls (and errantly commits) additional indiscretions. His list, I am glad to say, is far lengthier and weightier than mine.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Jason Davis: It’s time to take care of those who serve

During the very week Knoxville was hosting an incredible Medal of Honor Convention, the state released some sobering statistics about the difficulties of Tennessee veterans.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Michael Collins: The economy made Rocky Top sweet home to me

As I was growing up, my parents chased the economy.

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Jason Davis: Looking for luck? Keep searching

If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. It’s cliche, for sure, but often describes me perfectly.

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

Ask the Doc: Don't discount the love drug

A 91-year-old patient of mine recently received a very powerful drug. The effect was remarkable.  He looks and feels almost 20 years younger.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Michael Collins: Fear of your death shouldn’t paralyze your life

On Aug. 30, 24 years ago, my father passed away at the same age I am now, 44.  I am frequently amazed at the size of the void his loss still maintains in my life. 

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Jason Davis: Thoughts from the notebook

With summer ending and a hectic week behind us, here’s a little bit of this and that culled from my mental notebook.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Ask the Doc: Prostate cancer not death sentence

My patient was told in 1984 that he had prostate cancer and it would likely kill him within five years. I wasn’t the one who told him. I was playing football as a senior in high school and more interested in putting people on their hind-quarters than examining them. I still had no clue I would even be a physician at that point. But our eventual crossing of paths was set.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

Jason Davis: I learned from Dad, depression is real

Robin Williams’ death last week has been talked about ad nauseum, nearly every publication, including ours, has had stories about his life, his death and the illnesses that likely led to his suicide.

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Michael Collins: Embarrassing situation reveals strangers’ grace

Several years ago, during my single dad days, I had become a master at keeping life organized. It was purely out of necessity.