RET News January 2019 CE

Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

January 2019


Board of Directors Meeting

January 6         Sunday          9:30–10:30 a.m                         

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

[RET members are welcome to observe Board Meetings.]

First Sunday Meeting

January 6         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Roundtable Discussion: Open Topic

Bring your topic. The topics will be placed in a bag and selected at random. Each subject will be discussed 15–20 minutes before moving to the nextThe Cafeteria Annex is in the back of the Goins Administrative Building. Come a bit early for coffee and conversation.

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Special Activity


January 12         Saturday          1:00–4:00 p.m.

Trash Pickup on Pellissippi Parkway, Knoxville

Come help us clean up our adopted stretch of highway. We meet at Burger King on Lovell Road at Pellissippi Parkway (1605 Schaeffer Drive). Wear sturdy walking shoes, long sleeves, and long pants. A picker-upper is useful if you have one. We provide gloves, but bringing your own is a good idea. Volunteers must view the TDOT Adopt-a-Highway training video:


Skeptic Book Club

January 13         Sunday        2:004:00 p.m.                         

Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. (354 pages)

Third Sunday Meeting

January 20         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Screening of “Losing Our Religion

“Losing Our Religion” highlights the difficulties faced by clergy members who have lost their faith. The Cafeteria Annex is in the back of the Goins Administrative Building. Come a bit early for coffee and conversation.


January 27          Sunday          1:00–3:30 p.m. 

Discussion and Pot Luck             Hosted by Bob Morris, 140 Greystone Drive, Oak Ridge 37830

New Year’s Resolutions for Other People 

Usually we make resolutions for ourselves in the hope of changing our behavior for the better, saving more money, or solving some problem. Given the high failure rate for such resolutions, it might be better to make them for other people—less disappointment that way when things go awry, maybe even some self-righteous! Given the current state of the country, the world, and the ongoing culture wars, what do you think are good resolutions for those who have the power to change things? One condition: no more than 3 per person, and each should be 100 words or less.

Please bring the usual pot luck, and Bob will provide some drinks and paper dinnerware. If you have strong legs, please park at the bottom of the driveway so others have less of a climb.



Volunteer to Serve on the Board

Willing to serve on the Board of Directors? Please help keep RET active and relevant. Contact us at All RET members who would like to strengthen the organization (as well as their own leadership abilities) are encouraged to consider becoming a member of the Board of Directors. Any member may be elected to the board. Further, our bylaws provide for four officers: president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. An officer must be at least 18 years old and have served on the board for at least one year at some time in the past.

Coming Soon

Annual Business Meeting, including election of board members and officers, Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Support RET Through AmazonSmile

If you shop on, you can generate a contribution for RET with your purchase, at no cost to you. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization (Rationalists of East Tennessee) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation for RET. To learn more about AmazonSmile, click here.



Get the App

A free app is available for your smart phone to help you stay in touch with the Rationalists of East Tennessee. It is called “Wild Apricot for Members” and is available in the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices). Upon using it for the first time, you are asked to enter the userid and password that you use to log into the web page. The app provides a convenient way to look at the schedule of events and to contact other members.

How to Find FFTV

Freethought Forum TV programs are being archived online by Community TV of Knoxville ( Most of the 2018 episodes are available there for viewing.

FFTV, presented in conjunction with the Atheist Society of Knoxville, is broadcast each Wednesday,
6:30–7:30 p.m. The program is always more lively and interesting if people call in (865-215-2288) with questions and comments. FFTV also invites you to host or co-host a program or suggest a topic you wish to be presented. Contact “Faithless” Forrest with your ideas. 
The program can be seen live on the internet at In the Knoxville area it can be viewed on the following channels:

                      Xfinity (Comcast), Channel 12                       WOW! (Knology), Channel 6

                      Charter, Channel 193                                       AT&T U-verse, Channel 99


Information about the workings of RET is available online to members. Minutes of Board of Directors meetings are at There is also a forum for member postings:

RET is now on, an online social networking site that allows people to find others who share common interests. Join in:

News of Members
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RET Skeptic Book ClubBooks List


OTHER AREA SECULAR ACTIVITIES                            

Atheist Society of Knoxville, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville 37915. Conversation, food, and drink.

East Tennessee Chapter, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 5:30 p.m., third Wednesday of alternate months, Earth Fare, Turkey Creek, Knoxville.

Sunday Assembly Knoxville (Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More)
The Concourse at the International, 940 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville 37921. Sunday Assembly sites: Facebook, Meetup, Email.


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