Summer Science Academy

Calling students and teachers for an all-expenses-paid summer learning opportunity! Each summer, Appalachian students and teachers join award-winning scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to conduct research projects focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Many participants come from Appalachia’s most economically distressed counties and often gain their first major exposure to applied science and STEM education in Oak Ridge.

Gas and More at No Wake

Mary Lee Edwards

Sitting unassumingly on the corner of Sharps Chapel Road and Lakeview, No Wake Market and Grill doesn’t exactly scream for your attention. However, if you make the stop, you’ll find most everything you need for a day on the lake, a picnic in the park or a relaxing, delicious meal with friends and family in the large dining area or on the outdoor deck. The business reopened November 2017 with new owners.

The Isaac Syndrome

It drives me crazy as a reader. And as an author, I have never used this scenario and I never will. Have you ever read a book or short story about two people seeing each other across a crowded room and falling madly in love with each other? I’m talking they want to get married that second and they don’t even know each other’s names.

It’s not that I don’t believe in love at first sight. I don’t believe in the over used scenario in the above paragraph. What about you? Do you believe it’s truly possible to look into somebody’s eyes for the first time and fall in love?

The Green Things of Winter

Ground Cedar

Compared to the other seasons, winters seem pretty colorless, with the leaves off the trees and laying brown on the ground. But through closer observation you can see plants that remain green through the winter, and seeing or perhaps even identifying them can brighten up a winter hike in the woods. What follows are some of the more common green plants you will find in our area.


Publicly Private

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Four

My good friend Sharon MacDonald was a Type I diabetic. I did not know this until once I went to the movies with her. After we were seated, she began to act strangely. I didn’t quite know what to make of her unusual behavior. She retained enough presence of mind to ask me to go buy her some candy, and I did.

Makenna Nease

Makenna Nease

Makenna Nease is a Junior on our 2018/2019 Lady Patriots basketball team. Makenna started playing basketball twelve years ago when she was 4. At the time, she started playing just to simply give her something to do. However, it was not just a one year thing. Makenna has played ball ever since, except for last year.

Temple Worship

Illustration: By Berthold Werner - Own work, Public Domain

Matthew 12:6
“But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.”

In Matthew 12, the Pharisees confront Jesus about His disciples plucking corn and eating it on the Sabbath day. They are accusing Jesus’ Disciples of violating the 4th commandment or sabbath law and because the disciples are Jesus’ servants, they are accusing Jesus of sin. Here is the 4th commandment from Exodus 20:

Kids Say (and Hear) the Darndest Things!

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Three

There are probably some older folks left who remember Art Linkletter. I barely remember him myself. According to Wikipedia:

Arthur Gordon Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly . . . or Gordon Arthur Kelley . . . (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years . . .

Be Still

Be Still

I may be writing this for myself, because I am a bona fide Type A person. I’m always engaged in some activity, making lists to check off, mind constantly engaged in problem solving or accomplishing some goal… pretty much from the time I get up to the time I go to bed. And worthy things do get done for church, family, and job. But there is a potential cost to all this in the form of exhaustion and burn out, unless you take time and get away to a quiet place and be still for a little while.


It’s Dead Tim!

Brooke Cox

“Do you hear that mom? Who’s yelling?” Sara asked. She was about nine years old at that time. It was a Saturday morning and we were relaxing and playing one of her computer games.

I shrugged. “It’s probably just your daddy talking to one of the neighbors.” If you live on a farm and you see a neighbor outside, you have to yell if you want to talk to them.

Seconds later, Tim burst through the front door. “You all need to come outside a minute! I want to show you something.”

Is Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain Safe?

Is Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain Safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise.

The Priceless Gift (your heritage)

Tommy Daugherty

Have you ever heard stories of people who would never share or spend money, live as if they had no money, then die friendless, leaving behind a mattress full of cash? Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who was in danger of living such a life. He never realized he was carrying around an invisible chain he created himself, because of his unwillingness to show any concern for his fellow man. Could current day Christians be weaving their own chain by ignoring their ancestors?

Perfection Salad

Perfection Salad

Have you ever eaten Perfection Salad? It is one of my favorites. Back in the day, you would see at least one at every potluck on the end of the table among the several macaroni salads. It is one of those dishes they say we are tired of. Not so. If I should be fortunate enough to spy one at a potluck, I wIll plop a good-sized spoonful on my plate and probably go back for more.