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I remember the sound of the ‘Uncle’ John Scott’s Old Model T Ford ar as it headed up the lane. He turned left in front of our house to continued onto a smaller lane that led him home. Uncle John was a black man that lived with his mother Aunt Rodie and two sisters, Myrt and Effie after his f…

In less than a week, we’ve seen three separate reports of violence against area schools. Corbin High School was threatened last Friday, and just this week threats have been made against G.R. Hampton Elementary and Lynn Camp High School.


I’m not sure if I chose this career or if it chose me.  It has been a long and winding road that has led me to the newsroom on Knox Street.  I am sure, however, that, as editor of the Mountain Advocate, it’s a privilege to tell Knox County’s stories.

Recently, a column in USA Today ranked Knox and surrounding counties in their list of “Top 25 Worst Counties to Live In” in the nation. In their list, Knox ranked #16, while Bell County came in #9 and Clay County #6.


I hope those reading are off to a great start this new year. And if you’re not — this is your reminder that starting 2019 on the wrong foot doesn’t mean you’ve ‘ruined’ anything. It doesn’t mean the rest of this year is going to be horrible. And It certainly doesn’t mean things won’t change.

Congratulations to Knox Central High School on THREE regional championships! Our boys basketball team, the boys basketball cheerleading squad, and the girls basketball cheerleading squad all won the region. Way to go!

The front porch was a place grandma welcomed everyone to “sit a spell” to talk and he neighborly. Those neighborly visits encouraged family and community subjects openly discussed. I term those talks, “front porch philosophy,” as a child I loved listening to grownups talk. Even if neighbors …