Local Columnists

Jan. 27, 2014 @ 12:59 AM

Jason Davis: Strange tales from the newsroom

The life of a journalist is never dull. There's rarely a day that goes by that doesn't hold at least one "Did that really just happen?" moment.

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 07:47 AM

Michael Collins: Word limits — The bane of a writer’s existence

Today represents a monumental milestone in my relatively new career as a columnist. You see, this particular installment serves as my very first permanently established, bi-weekly, ”I actually have a deadline now” column.

Jan. 21, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Ask the doc: What's the deal with drug ads?

Doc: Does anyone ever ask for one of those advertised drugs after hearing all of the possible side effects the drugs can cause?

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 12:12 AM

Jason Davis: Political opinions not my stong suit

Last week I received a reader complaint that my column wasn’t political enough.

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 12:49 AM

Jason Davis: (Fatherly) love and basketball

Friday night’s trip to SCHS was an interesting experience for me.

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Ask the Doc: Make the decision, then the habit

Q: Doc, my New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 pounds this year. You have any advice on how to do that? A: Yes. Start with losing one pound. Then lose another.

Jan. 06, 2014 @ 12:02 AM

Jason Davis: Everyone makes resolutions, so why not me?

With most estimates giving New Year’s resolutions about a 10 percent success rate, I figured I should go big. The more changes I try to make this year, according to the stat-heads and people that study such things, the more likely I am to actually complete one.

Dec. 30, 2013 @ 12:05 AM

Jason Davis: New Year’s Eve not all it’s cracked up to be

With New Year’s Eve just two days away, my thoughts have been drifting to past New Year’s Eve celebrations and where I was each year when the clock struck midnight and New York’s big ball fell.

Dec. 24, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Ask the Doc: This season is about love

Q: Doc, do you see people who don’t enjoy Christmas?

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

Jason Davis: Enjoy all those family traditions while they last

With Christmas just days away, I felt compelled to write this sentence to any readers under 20 years old: Be patient with those family Christmas traditions; they won’t last forever.

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

Dan Smith: Just one week until Christmas

It’s one week until Christmas. My column is also one week early the way it falls on Wednesday. I’ll give you my take on this special holiday and you’ll have one week to think about it.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Jason Davis: Christmas excitement growing for daddy, too

I’ve discovered something interesting this year while walking down department store toy aisles looking for the perfect gift for my son, Rogan.

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Ask the Doc: The medicine of music

Many parents will consider purchasing a piano (or guitar, a few brave ones consider a drum set) at Christmas for their child with visions of Carnegie Hall and beautiful concerts. Some do this from a secret desire to sneak in a few stealthy attempts at the piano themselves while others genuinely are hoping to introduce the love of music to their child.

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 12:12 AM

Jason Davis: Time not kind to grandparents’ hometown

This past Tuesday afternoon, I had to take some time off from work to travel to the burial of a relative who died the day after Thanksgiving.

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

Jason Davis: Thanksgiving’s about the little things

Taking a break from work Friday to recover from Thursday’s Thanksgiving feast, my family and I decided to brave the wilds of Dollywood to take in a few Christmas shows and build on the growing anticipation my 4-year-old has for Dec. 25.

Nov. 26, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Ask the Doc: Why should I be thankful?

Thanksgiving can be a very difficult time for many people who have had great losses in their lives. Financial loss, marital and relationship failures, and the stress “to be happy” seems to be compounded by holidays. Parents who have lost their child to death, or those who have an unfulfilled desire for children, seem to struggle the most during the holidays.

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

Jason Davis: It took a while, but Thanksgiving’s really grown on me

As a child Christmas was a magical time.

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

Dan Smith: Of Charleston and friendship

One of the great places I enjoy visiting from time to time is Charleston, S.C.

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 12:51 AM

Jason Davis: Being polite is getting too complicated

I was raised to always try and be respectful to others, and I think — for the most part — I’ve always been able to follow that rule.

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Ask the Doc: What's with supplements?

Dear Doctor Littleton: Do you believe supplements really help any?

Nov. 11, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Jason Davis: Military veterans deserve our respect

Nearly every little boy dreams of one day being a soldier. I can vividly remember running through a neighboring farm’s 100-acre woods with my friends — toy guns of all shapes and sizes slung over our shoulders, wearing camouflage clothing and face paint, pretending we were at war with invading communist forces from the dreaded U.S.S.R.

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

Jason Davis: Worst day of my career was 8 years ago this week

Almost eight years ago today was the worst day at the office I’ve ever had. Nov. 8, 2005 was a day that would change my life, and that of everyone in my hometown, LaFollette, forever.

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Jason Davis: My great Halloween candy conspiracy

Ah, Halloween.

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Dan Smith: Thoughts linger on government shutdown

I suppose the biggest story going on right now is the government shutdown. What I say now was written over a week ago and I'm sure circumstances have changed; for the better I pray.

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:43 PM

Ask the Doc: If exercise works as well as medicine, can I ditch the pills?

Dear Doc Littleton, I saw this article that said exercise was as good as medicine. Can I stop all these pills now?