Them old muddy water blues

Betty BeanKnox Scene, North Knoxville

One day toward the middle of last week, James McMillan noticed a pickup truck blocking McCampbell Drive next to the creek down the hill from McMillan’s house. A couple of …

Eulogy for an elegy of an elegy

Betty BeanKnox Scene

Last week, my esteemed publisher expressed some puzzlement as to why I haven’t been cranking out columns lately. She did acknowledge that I’ve been a little preoccupied with the aftermath …

First Church and the Fighting Parson

Betty BeanDowntown, Knox Scene

Originally published September 15, 2017.
One of the great revelations of my childhood came when First Methodist Church got sand blasted. The work started on a Monday morning, and when we …