A colleague stuck his head in my office the other day and said he’d been struck by an analogy: how the response to the novel coronavirus is like the reaction in those old science fiction movies that depict alien invasions — people putting aside their differences and coming together to defeat…

The challenges brought to our nation by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are among the most significant we’ve ever faced. Americans face not only a threat to their physical health, but to their economic stability and emotional well-being. Our country is currently undergoing a planned sh…

Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.

Over the course of the past week, every facet of American life has been impacted by the coronavirus. We’ve seen friends and loved ones laid off because businesses have been shut down, schools are closed for weeks – if not months, and retirement savings have been decimated as the stock market…

Life is going to be weird for a while. Until a few weeks ago, we had never heard the term “coronavirus.” Now it dominates our lives.

While the new coronavirus known as COVID-19 has not, according to information provided by health care professionals to this point, infected anyone in Greene County, its spread makes it unlikely our communities will be completely spared. And even without a confirmed local case, the virus is a…

I don’t know many super-rich people. Where I grew up, if you had a house, a car, and a job, you were better off than most. Come to think of it, that still holds true today.

Much of the world is gripped with news about the global spread of a new virus known as coronavirus, or COVID-19. I know how unsettling the spread of an unknown virus is, but I can tell you with confidence, based on information I’ve received from first-hand conversations and briefings, our go…

This column usually offers a safe space from politics, but occasionally I have to wade into the deep water. After all, everyone is talking about the coronavirus, the stock market, and the presidential election.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese officials announced a cluster of people in the Wuhan region were sickened by something they were unable to pinpoint. As of Feb. 25, there are 80,239 – of which 77,780 are in China – confirmed cases of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, making it a signific…

David Carroll, a Chattanooga news anchor, is the author of “Volunteer Bama Dawg,” available on his website, ChattanoogaRadioTV.com. You may contact him at radiotv2020@yahoo.com, or 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Surprise medical billing is a real problem across the country and — since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — affects people everywhere. With the ACA’s government mandated changes, insurance companies narrowed physician networks to control costs, offering less robust coverage than…

Last week I confessed my ongoing love of the Three Stooges. It’s the definition of “guilty pleasure.” The dictionary calls it “something that one enjoys, but would be embarrassed by if other people found out.” It might be a childhood habit, a TV show, or some type of food. In other words, so…

The U.S. economy is better than ever before much thanks to President Trump’s leadership, with steady economic growth and robust job creation. This week, President Trump released a responsible budget for Fiscal Year 2021, a budget that will lower our deficit by $4.6 trillion by 2030. I think …

Recently, a columnist opining about the hijinks in our nation’s capital, made a reference to the Three Stooges. He wrote, “Watching Congress try to get anything done makes me think Moe, Larry, and Curly are in charge.”

President Trump worked hard over the last three years to deliver on his promises, and it was a privilege to hear his 2020 agenda at the State of the Union. I support our president’s vision for the country. His leadership is transforming our economy, our military and the care we give our vete…

So there I was, sitting at home after a hard day’s work, looking for peace and tranquility. Naturally, I turned on the television, in search of intelligent life on the cable news channels.

As this impeachment trial drags on, it becomes more and more obvious the Democrats’ impeachment articles are backed by assumptions, not facts. They passed their two Articles of Impeachment – “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” – without evidence President Trump committed a crime a…

I would like to commend Ballad for “expanding health care cost discounts” announced in the Sun’s Jan. 7 issue on the top front page. As a local primary care physician who has not accepted insurance for nearly two decades, most of my patients have been either uninsured or have had high deduct…

In the current partisan environment, Tennessee Republicans and Democrats agree on very little. On just about every policy issue of the day – guns, taxes, health care, foreign policy – they’re typically in opposite corners.

It was Sunday, January 9, 2011. There was snow in the forecast. Most people in my neighborhood were either hunkered down with their weather radios, watching TV, or in line at the supermarket. When the weather people are talking about frozen precipitation, and we see cars in Boston buried und…

I spent 31 years as a practicing OB-GYN. Pregnancy and birth was my life’s work, and I could not more strongly support the sanctity of life. I saw firsthand the precious and beautiful miracle of life, which begins at conception. Every year I am pleased to see the commitment of those protecti…

This week marks six years since I began writing a weekly column, although for those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I know it only feels like a decade.

A column published this week in The Greeneville Sun brought to mind some moments from my own career in journalism. That piece was David Carroll’s column in the Monday paper (“My Brushes With Greatness”).

The relationship between the United States and Iran was not always fraught with tension; but since the 1979 Revolution, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini made it clear Iran would no longer be a friend to the U.S. From the hostage crisis in November 1979 to present day with Iran shooting …

As we start a new year, I look forward to a busy, productive 2020. While last year ended on a sour note with House Democrats’ sham impeachment of President Trump, I still believe this year Congress has the potential to enact positive reforms. However, we must work together to do so. My focus…

Confession is good for the soul, so they say. What better place to confess than right here, for all to see?

Tennessee legislators created a second type of civilian handgun permit in 2019 that went into effect on Jan. 1. It is a “concealed only” permit. Tennessee Firearms Association opposed the legislation and strongly recommends against citizens considering this concealed only option. Here is why.

Today is a sad day in American history. House Democrats gave in to their party radicals and voted to impeach a duly elected president because of a partisan, political agenda. Speaker Pelosi made clear in March that impeachment divides our country if it is not bipartisan. This process wasn’t …

I constantly ask questions. It’s my job. But I don’t have all the answers. Why can’t airlines, hotels, and concert ticket sellers just be honest? Instead of charging us more money for “convenience fees” and “service charges,” why not just jack up the price on the front end and be done with it?

It’s been nearly three months since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats initiated their sham impeachment inquiry. The key fact remains that President Trump and President Zelensky agree there was no pressure to initiate investigations. The transcripts of their calls show no pressur…

A couple of well-known senior citizens have been in the news a lot lately. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been battling cancer in addition to other ailments, when she isn’t lifting weights at the age of 86.

As a child in southern West Virginia, I spent a great deal of time at the home of my grandparents, Lawrence and Ruby Jenkins. To say their house was modest would be to aggrandize it. It contained five rooms, was constructed of cinderblock and had no indoor toilet.

I could make a list of all the things I’m not good at, and it would fill this column space. It would include swimming, singing, cooking, and anything that requires athleticism or construction skills. I wouldn’t even include the things I haven’t yet tried, but in which I know I would fail. Th…

Over the last decade, hospital closures have hit rural America hard – especially in Tennessee. During that time, 11 rural hospitals closed across Tennessee, the second highest number of closures in the nation. When a rural hospital closes, patients are left without adequate medical care, oft…

(True confession: I wrote this column thinking for sure that Thanksgiving was this week. I never even looked at the calendar. It just seems like it’s time, you know? Then my wife mentioned that the holiday was “late” this year, on Nov. 28. I said, “Too bad, I already wrote the column.” That’…

With only limited time remaining this year, House Democrats are spending another week on their sham impeachment inquiry against President Trump instead of working on priorities that actually improve people’s lives. Since the end of September when Speaker Pelosi announced she was unilaterally…

Major Homer L. Pease, a Johnson City native, is the embodiment of the heroes we honor on Veterans Day. As a young boy of 13, he felt called to serve his country. Pease lied about his age in order to enlist in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, where he volunteered…

Is it possible? The 2020 presidential election is just a year away. You may not have noticed the relative peace and quiet this year, because it is never really quiet and peaceful these days.

Growing up, my father worked in a factory and my mother worked as a bank teller. I lived at home while attending Austin Peay State University before enrolling in medical school at the University of Tennessee. After graduating – and serving our country in the U.S. Army – I was able to use my …

”Well my daddy left home when I was three, and he didn’t leave much to Ma and me, except this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. Now I don’t blame him because he run and hid, but the meanest thing that he ever did, is before he left, he went and named me Sue.”