Thirty million people in this country don’t have access to health care. And the rest of us? Too many Americans have such inadequate plans they can barely afford to take their kids or parents to see a doctor.

Americans are concerned about the high price of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has become a system rife with gaming. Profits are regularly prioritized over patients. Laws meant to encourage innovation, recoup private investment, and ensure patient access are too often manipulated to supp…

If we want to win, we can’t worry about what the other side will say about us, and we need to advocate for the best interest of the country day in and day out.

VALDOSTA — Jimmy Carter, the longest living U.S. President, turned 95 Tuesday.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such psychologicall…

Rural communities are struggling to keep health care services available to their residents. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He do…

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I’ll save some readers a little time and declare my fandom for the Knoxville Panthers, St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa State Cyclones.

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A McDonald’s receipt is my last memento of my mother. It’s dated a dozen days before she died.

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I was perusing Facebook this past week and came across two of our local media outlets reporting on the recently held walking audit, which included information regarding a Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) study from 2015. This report reviews several traffic concerns and identifie…

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Whether you’re a kid or you’re fishing with one, there’s something beautiful about a bobber plunging into a lake.

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The shade of an apple tree wasn’t enough to keep me cool Sunday, but it reminded me of an important story a friend once shared.

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Mrs. Wall was my first real authority figure. A grandmotherly kindergarten teacher, she left little doubt who was leader our squirrelly pack of five-year-olds. Especially at nap time.

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If anything proves my undying optimism, it’s my garden. For the past 18 years, I’ve tended a tenth of an acre, but my roots go back to a little patch behind my boyhood home.

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The internet is an amazing place where people go to hope and hope goes to die.

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The orange of their jail jumpsuits was about all they had in common.

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I’d hoped to see a friend amid the snow Saturday at the March for Our Lives outside the state capitol. She’s a Knoxville High School senior who cares about keeping her school safe from mass shootings.

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A song has been stuck in my head since Saturday night. “We’re All in This Together” was the catchy climax to Knoxville High’s production of “High School Musical” last weekend, but more than the melody, it’s the image I cant shake.

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All the world’s a stage, a wise man once wrote.

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Write what you know, they say, which is why I’ve never written about wrestling.

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KNOXVILLE — Local leaders and school staff shared hours of insights in November about how the Knoxville Community School District can best serve its students and partner with the community. On Tuesday, the Knoxville school board began the hard task of prioritizing what was gleaned from those…

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I was painting a set for the musical “Cinderella” last spring when Annie Leonard ran an idea by me. What if Knoxville had a variety show to celebrate New Year’s and support the music boosters?

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A flurry of pre-Christmas errands had me hustling into the grocery store. I heard that familiar holiday melody as I scooted in from the cold…

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December of 2000 was surely the snowiest of 20 Decembers I’ve spent in Iowa. And the 23rd of that month was like too many days before it, with single-digit temps and drifting snow.

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I enjoy watching football, both Knoxville High Panther and college games. A key component of many football plays is the handoff. The moment that the quarterback hands the ball off to a running back is crucial. If it does not happen just as it should, the play fails.

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The kids at the other table were having a great time. They laughed and said nice things about each other’s clothes and hair. I really wished I could have hung out with them.

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A hero gave me a few minutes of his time last Wednesday. After five days, I finally tracked down Chuck Reeves, a Red Cross volunteer from Knoxville. He’d been busy feeding Hurricane Harvey’s victims in a Texas town called The Woodlands.

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Early in last week’s school board forum, the moderator mentioned the bright lights that the seven candidates had to endure on the stage of the Knoxville Performing Arts Center.

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