Pete DeBusk

In late January, former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade sat with Pete DeBusk, founder of DeRoyal Industries and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln Memorial University. He came from humble beginnings in southwest…

A Preacher’s Tale

Dr. Fred Craddock, Jr., formerly a professor in theology at Emory University, is credited with a widely circulated story that has become a classic: “Who’s your Daddy?” The sermon, which originates from one of Dr. Craddock’s personal…

A Just and Humble Life

Through his service on the Tennessee Supreme Court, one of Knoxville's very own, a Central High and University of Tennessee graduate, has quietly made a profound impact on Tennessee jurisprudence. Before identifying this individual and his…

Smoky Mountains National Park

American author Wallace Stegner called national parks “America’s “best idea…absolutely democratic.”  Ensconced in first place as the most visited among all national parks is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  None other of our “crown…

Go and Do Likewise

In the Old Testament, the Book of Leviticus teaches not to “seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people,” but to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This verse prompted an exchange between a lawyer and Jesus that appears in…

Judges, Jackson, and the Cherokee

In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, using the pseudonym Publius, authored a total of 85 editorials promoting the adoption of a United States Constitution—what came to be known as The Federalist. Hamilton, who…

The Secret Life of Moe Berg

In 1903, the American and National Leagues united to form Major League Baseball (“MLB”). By agreement among the team owners, player contracts included a “reserve clause,” binding players to the same team throughout their careers—unless they…

A Country Doctor

In the New Testament, John 5:1-9 relates a story of a man who had been an invalid of 38 years and had hoped to get his turn at the Bethesda healing pool. The people believed that an Angel of the Lord periodically caused the water to stir…