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Opinion - Columnists

Hart: Dems playing Russian roulette with investigations

Published Oct. 27 2017

Members of the Obama administration may still have to testify after reports surfaced that senators told Obama of Russian meddling...

Smith: Defining the "right way"

Published Oct. 26 2017

Once again, our community is shaken by barbaric sexual acts of young men on a high school sports team.

Kennedy: How a 1957 VW beetle sparked a 60-year marriage

Published Oct. 26 2017

In the late 1950s, a young Long Island, N.Y., engineer named Luther Brown used his blue 1957 Volkswagen beetle as...

Greeson: Hey CNN (and others), shouldn't facts always be first?

Published Oct. 26 2017

CNN fired off a manifesto earlier this week.

Greeson: Which statues as a memory of racism are OK, again?

Published Oct. 24 2017

If we are condemning reminders of the worst social and racial times, why are we having conversations about raising monuments...

Smith: Tax cuts should reward those who pay taxes

Published Oct. 23 2017

Will the Republican Party be able to get its collective act together to pass tax reforms?

Cook: It's tough getting old: jelly doughnuts and herniated discs

Published Oct. 22 2017

Looking back, I should have seen it coming.

Butcher: A woman's place is in manufacturing

Published Oct. 22 2017

It's been more than 15 years since I was a second shift maintenance supervisor for General Motors; I can still...

Raney: Orgelsdorfer Eulenspiegel, the German prisoner-of-war camp newsletter

Published Oct. 22 2017

Shortly after the United States declared war in 1917, the Army constructed prison barracks at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., which ultimately...

College admission: Does race matter in who gets accepted?

Published Oct. 22 2017

On Aug. 4, The New York Times podcast The Daily had a question-and-answer conversation led by host Michael Barbaro about...

Good For You: Local school competes in National Beta Club Leadership Summit

Published Oct. 22 2017

Last month 10 fifth-grade students from Orchard Knob Elementary School,with the help of area churches such as Orchard Knob Baptist...

Hart: Trump might lead to 'cafeteria politics'

Published Oct. 20 2017

You'd think Trump would be happy when his presumably favorite team, the Syracuse Orangemen, beat #1 Clemson last week. Instead,...


Martin: What of Steve Bannon's revolt?

Published Oct. 20 2017

It's a "populist nationalist conservative revolt," from which "nobody can run and hide."

Kennedy: Photographer makes giving a snap

Published Oct. 19 2017

Michael Tomshack could be the poster person for "cheerful giving."

Greeson: NFL fails to address its real protest problem

Published Oct. 19 2017

OK, a group of NFL owners, NFL players — current and former — and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell got together...

Kilbride: New education zones on the right track

Published Oct. 18 2017

In April, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen presented the idea of the state's first "Partnership Zone" to boost state and...

Greeson: Time to stop turning a blind eye to hazing

Published Oct. 17 2017

By now, we should all have had enough of the hatred that becomes violence that becomes the unthinkable.

Cook: The living, the dead and the courage of memory

Published Oct. 16 2017

Between 1885 and 1906, four black men were lynched in Chattanooga.

Loftin: Slavery pain won't fade away

Published Oct. 16 2017

More than 150 years have passed since 11 Southern states — including my native North Carolina — seceded from the...

Smith: Avoiding personal responsibility

Published Oct. 15 2017

Sounds good, right? Mighty adult to be personally responsible. But so many of society's ills and horrors lie in the...

Robbins: The story of Longholm

Published Oct. 15 2017

Editor's note: Second in a series on historic homes


Quinn: Tick-tock. Time to rethink corporate time clock

Published Oct. 15 2017

For years I felt frustrated in my various jobs in which my performance was based in part on how much...

Cepeda: No one wins the oppression Olympics

Published Oct. 15 2017

The Pew Research Center recently polled Americans on their belief in white privilege, and the results should surprise no one:...