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240 Years and Counting

The History (And Future?) of Immigration in the United States Winston Churchill, whose mother, Jennie, was born in America, qualifies as one of the genuine heroes of World War II. As England’s Prime Minister charged with defending

Be of Good Cheer

During the Protestant Reformation, Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and, in 1534, declared himself as King to be the “supreme leader” of the Church of England. In 1630, during the reign of Charles I, the Puritans, who…

All Men Are Created Equal

Days before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1861, seven southern states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. On April 12, southern forces opened fire on Fort Sumpter. Four more states, including…

The Death Penalty

The Code of Hammurabi, developed by the King of Babylon during his reign from 1792 until 1750 BCE, appears to be the first mention of “an eye for an eye” as a rule of law. The Code, which preceded the Old Testament by some 500 years,…

Friends of the Smokies

As Friends of the Smokies begins its twenty-fifth year of service, over $60 million has been generated for the benefit of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park—far and away Americas most visited of all of its “crown jewels.” Today,…

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…