Don’t shoot the messenger, but mental health is a problem

Publisher’s note: Please understand that this opinion column takes an extraordinarily slender segment of a massive problem and seeks to generate conversation, not illicit bile or  unintentionally trivialize the struggle. For those readers who are not experienced with my cadence and method of conversation, I would only offer that I generally do not abide by the widely-held notion to treat […]

David Carroll’s News and Notes: Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions

When I was a wee lad, my older sisters shared the gift of reading with me, and this was during the heyday of magazines. My parents subscribed to Newsweek, and Readers Digest was always in the barbershop. It was a treat to see the world through the lens of the Life magazine photographers, and my first personally paid subscriptions were […]


Ms. Tammy Jeanice Magourik, 59, of Palmer, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday December 14, 2021 at  Parkridge Medical Center from complications from COVID-19.  She was born in Dunlap, Tennessee on November 24, 1962.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Sue Thompson Magourik. She worked at the Sequatchie Valley Headstart as a Teacher and later Director before her […]


Lynn Leland Johnson, age 56, of Dunlap, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Erlanger Medical Center. Lynn was a life long farmer and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served his community on multiple boards, was a loving husband, father, and uncle, and a friend to all. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and […]


Judy Diane Keef Rollings Stephens, 66, of Jasper, went to see Jesus on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. She recently moved to Jasper after living in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia for several years. Judy grew up in Whiteside, graduated from Marion County High School, and was a member of Brainerd Baptist Church. Judy loved her family and enjoyed reading. She was preceded […]


Joyce Ann Pryor Doss, 85, of Jasper, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021. She was lifetime member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Jasper. Joyce worked for the Department of Human Services for several years before her retirement. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Vestus James Pryor and Willie Mae Teague Pryor; daughter, Stephanie Ann […]


Edna Ruth Christian Layne of Whitwell,  passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 4:28 a.m. at her home surrounded  by family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James “Jim” Christian and mother, Betty Ann Hughes Christian; husband of 54 years, William Howard Layne; brother, James “Jim” Christian, Jr. and sister-in-law, Odean; niece, Cynthia Plyler.  Edna was a […]