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Franklin, My Dear

In episode one of the web series State of Franklin, the main character fights with his estranged wife and her new boyfriend. He ends up getting hit on the head. When he returns home, he sees a flash of lightning … Continue reading

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Turin Cycle

Dr. Kelly Kearse inspired my son to continue studying chemistry after high school. Dr. Kearse is one of the best teachers at Knoxville Catholic High School. I’m disappointed that I didn’t make it to Dr. Kearse’s presentation to the Nicodemus Club at … Continue reading

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Tara-ra Boom-de-ay

In the ten months since she performed in last year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest, Tara Ochs has appeared in at least two projects that garnered national attention. I hope to offer her my congratulations at this year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest on … Continue reading

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Giving Props

The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial is being built in Nevada, near the site of a plane crash that killed 14 men on November 17, 1955. The memorial is due to open in late May, 2015. My … Continue reading

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SEAL the Deal

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill wouldn’t comment on Zero Dark Thirty when I asked him about it last month. After the interview, I told a few co-workers that I thought I might have just spoken with the man who killed … Continue reading

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Seal of Approval

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has received over fifty-two decorations for his distinguished service, including two Silver Stars for extraordinary gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. O’Neill will be the keynote speaker at the Blount Chamber’s … Continue reading

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Patel the Truth

The October program in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks series features music that is very appropriate for the Halloween season. Guest conductor Sameer Patel pointed out that fact during his comments between Night on Bald Mountain and The Sorcerer’s … Continue reading

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Showtime at the Apologetics

The amount of anti-Catholic comments on a single Facebook post astounded me. Most of the comments show ignorance about the Church. Some comments are actually hateful. Heather Burian, a recently-hired reporter for WVLT-TV, filed a story about the Diocese of Knoxville’s first … Continue reading



Former White House Press Secretary James S. Brady died on Monday. I had the good fortune to meet him twice. In the late ’80s or early ’90s, Jim and his wife Sarah came to the WAVA studios for an interview about … Continue reading

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A Moment’s Notice

WINC-FM in Winchester, Virginia, has long been one of my favorite stations. I listened to them in the early ’80s when I was still dreaming about a career in radio. My friend Paula worked there for many years and I … Continue reading

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According to the book Knoxville’s WNOX, Scripps Howard owned WNOX-AM from 1935 to 1982. The historic call letters will once again come under the Scripps banner in 2015. The original WNOX was 990 on the AM dial. Over the years, the … Continue reading

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To Honor the Fallen

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The name came from the ancient practice of decorating the graves of deceased soldiers. The holiday was established in the United States after the Civil War. Several communities honored their war dead … Continue reading

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Canon in Front of Them

This weekend Catholics are celebrating the lives of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The two men will be canonized on Sunday. Knoxville residents Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop Richard Stika will attend the ceremony. Two local parishes … Continue reading

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All’s Fair

According to a tweet from The Today Show, Montreal’s Expo ’67 and Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair were nothing. There have been nineteen world expositions since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, but The Today Show called it the “last … Continue reading

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