Local Columnists

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.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Ask the Doc: Taking a big step to curb prep athlete drug use

One of my very first vivid memories of high school football was sitting in a small wooden desk in Miss Poole’s first grade classroom. She started that Friday morning introducing our guests who were stopping by.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Michael Collins: I forgot my anniversary

Well, friends, it was bound to happen. I completely forgot my anniversary.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:28 AM

Jason Davis: Preposterous Prius perceptions

In the summer of 2007, desperate to find a car that achieved great gas mileage but could comfortably seat four people, I set out on a quest to scour the internet, auto magazines and the brains of all the motorheads I knew to find the best.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Ask the Doc: Getting to the heart of niacin

There are many encounters with my attending professors, from renowned internationally recognized researchers to an aging kindly small town doctor, that easily come to mind as medicine adds gray to my own hair. Dr. George Bosworth, a pediatrician in Rome, Ga., holds more than a few memories.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Michael Collins: How to lose a grammar battle with a 9-year-old

As a loving father, I always stay alert for those golden opportunities when I can hit the pause button of life and take a few minutes to impart to my children some small portion of the vast wealth of knowledge I have amassed in my 40-plus years.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Jason Davis: Want an easy way to stir up debate?

Ever wanted to start an argument amongst a small group of people, but you’re bored with the typical hot-button topics of religion, politics or abortion? Talk about guns.

In our community, guns are hot. Several new stores and ranges have opened in the past year, while older businesses have remodeled or added to their inventory. More outlets are rumored in the works.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Ask the Doc: Is testosterone replacement safe?

Q: Doc, is testosterone safe or not? I keep hearing different stories.

Jul. 06, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Jason Davis: Even locals can be tourists on the 4th

After seven years of living in Sevier County, I finally decided it was time to be a local tourist on the Fourth of July.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Michael Collins: Just something about a man and his truck

I am a man with a truck.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

Jason Davis: Hollywood portrayal of Sevier County due next month; it won’t be pretty

To quote one of my all-time favorite movies, “I have a bad feeling about this.”

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Ask the Doc: How much calcium should I take?

Doc, how much calcium should I take to protect my bones?

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Jason Davis: Story of toddler's death sparks rare emotions

As I’ve read the articles concerning the death of Georgia toddler Cooper Harris, I’ve experienced a sadness unlike any I’ve felt before from reading a national news story.

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?