In Gaza, humans connect and work goes on

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(Editor’s Note: Betty Bean wrote this interview with then-UT Professor Brian Barber in 2017 as he retired and moved to Washington, D.C.)
It’s going to take Brian Barber a while to …

Outside money tips state primary

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Editor’s Note: It was just 10 years ago, August 2014, but it was a turning point election in many ways. Incumbent Republican Sen. Stacey Campbell was ousted by current state …

Booker sings a new song

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(Editor’s Note: Betty Bean wrote this circa 2017, on the occasion of Bob Booker’s CD release.)
The new album in the jukebox at Marie’s Old Town Tavern is a little bit …

Keeping the memories and moving on

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Alex Haley left us an uncountable number of pithy quotes, but nothing he ever said rang truer than this: “Every time an old person dies, it’s like a library burning …

Why do Republicans hate democracy?

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A couple of weeks ago, state Rep. Jason Zachary slapped a quote from Plato onto the digital newsletter he periodically blasts out to keep his West Knox constituents inspired:
“Dictatorship naturally …

Betty Bean gets a break

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Thursday opinion columnist Betty Bean will return in the New  Year. She’s celebrating Christmas with family and friends.