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Grouchy Old Men

Story by Robert Pryor, Sr. If you’ve been around any old men lately, you may have noticed that they can be exceedingly grouchy. What it is about old guys? The older they get, the harder they are to get along with. They complain about

Switches

Encouraging Honesty in a Dishonest World By: Robert Pryor, Sr. I want everyone to know that as a kid growing up in Knoxville, I was always opposed to corporal punishment. Unfortunately, at my house they didn’t give me a vote,

Santa Claus on Freemason Street

Don’t try to tell me there’s no Santa Claus.  I met him once years ago, when he actually came to my house and brought candy for me and my neighborhood friends.  Howard and David Dickens were there, and so were the Seals boys, Larry and…

Football Time in Tennessee

As our new coach, Jeremy Pruitt, jumps into his first season as head coach of the Tennessee Vols, Big Orange fans everywhere wish him the best. His work is really cut out for him because the schedule is tough and he is the fifth Vol coach…

Scratching the High Strings

The early morning haze and sepia tones created by the early arrival of fall made it difficult to make out the two figures who walked through a hemlock forest along the rails of the Southern Railway.  Closer inspection revealed a strange…

It’s Not Tennis

I just made my annual purchase of Golf and Golf Digest magazines. Every spring, I buy golfing magazines to look at the latest golf clubs and equipment. This is the time of year to dream about the great golfer I should have been. The…

The Fine Art of Jury Tampering

We hear a lot these days about our constitutional rights. We like to talk about the right to bear arms ensconced in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the right to enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of the press established in…

Country Come to Town

Knoxville’s big crime story of the early 1970’s involved the double murder of Patricia Sotka and her daughter, Donna. The victims’ bodies surfaced in Fort Loudoun Lake on July 1, 1970, wrapped in bed clothing and plastic shower curtains and…

The Best Ever

I have noticed that people love lists. They especially love lists about what others think are the very “best.” “The Best 25 Places to Retire,” or “The Top Ten Places to Hide From the Police,” for example. I recently read an article…

Football Camp

This time of year, my thoughts turn to that uniquely American and profoundly southern institution of football. As high school and college teams begin their seasons, I am reminded of my illustrious football career. Some of you may recall how…