Cliff Hightower

Cliff Hightower

Cliff Hightower is an award-winning journalist from East Tennessee. He is a former winner of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalist’s Golden Press Card Award in investigative journalism. Cliff has previously worked at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, The Tampa Tribune and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He has more than two decades experience and currently works as news editor for an East Tennessee newspaper.

Tennessee National Guard member Bobby May, photographed who; on duty in Jordan. (Photo: Taelor May)

National Guard member, victim of COVID, remembered as ‘full of life’

By: - October 3, 2021

Bobby May was on the verge of retirement from the Tennessee National Guard. May had just received a letter congratulating him for 21 years of service to his country and the 56-year-old combat veteran had survived cancer two years ago. “He was just a goofy person, full of life,” Tori May Holt, his daughter who […]

Gov. Bill Lee addressing members of the Tennessee National Guard. (Photo:

Tennessee National Guard member dies of COVID in Texas

By: - September 29, 2021

At least one Tennessee National Guard member has died “due to symptoms presumed to be related to COVID-19,” a Tennessee National Guard spokesman confirmed last week. A high-ranking legislator said he was unaware of the death and, also, unaware of any other state legislators who knew of the Guardsman’s death. “There’s not been a great […]