Local Columnists

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.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

Michael Collins: After the holiday, here’s what I’m not thankful for

Like the western heroes of yesteryear, Thanksgiving has ridden off into the sunset, leaving the bloated bodies of its victims lying strewn about in various states of agony.



Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Ask the Doc: Does gratitude affect health?

"You can either be humbly grateful, or grumbly hateful."


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:45 AM

Jason Davis: An indoctrination into Vol Nation

In my family, being a Tennessee Volunteers fan is a tradition.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

Michael Collins: My dream job was behind a mic

As a high school junior, I was tasked to interview a person working in the career of our choice.


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.