‘Mr. Speaker:’ John McCormack of Massachusetts

By Ray Hill   “I have no hesitancy in insisting that Government in an emergency do everything that can reasonably be done to relieve human suffering and distress.” That was the philosophy of John William McCormack throughout his long political career and he lived by it. John W. McCormack of Boston was an old-fashioned politico.  […]

Our Neighborhoods: Alice Bell

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com She was a remarkable woman, years ahead of her time, and her memory lasts through the many places and things named for her in Knoxville. Alice Bell was the daughter of Samuel Newton Bell and his wife Margery Legg. Samuel built the old Bell Home on Washington Pike in 1858. Alice […]

Semifinal win is bittersweet for Webb quarterback

By Steve Williams Brock Beeler had tears in his eyes. The Webb School senior quarterback was happy the Spartans had defeated Evangelical Christian School and would be advancing to the TSSAA Division II-A state championship game. But he was also sad about having just played his last game at Faust Field. Yes, it was a […]

Looking back and looking forward.

Special thanks goes out to some amazing people! First off, to Mayor Rogero’s office. Early Friday morning, I spoke with the Mayor’s communication staff. My inquiry was whether anyone made a request for a color change of the bridge. With the Vols playing and many events occurring, I was doubtful that everything could work.   […]

One last surprise. South Doyle Forever!

One last surprise. Many of you might have seen a person taking aerial photos tonight at the game. That person is Bruce McCammish. He is one of the top photographers in the world. I don’t say that lightly. His service is one of the most sought after in the world.  Well, for the last home […]

Pregame Analysis by Steve Williams of West vs. South Doyle

By Steve Williams It’s not all that rare, but it is special when two local teams from the same county collide deep in the state high school football playoffs. This Friday night, unbeaten South-Doyle and once-beaten West will square off in such a game. And a state championship could be on the horizon for the survivor […]

Focus on the Law: Amendment Two Recap

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The results from the November 4, 2104 election are still unofficial but preliminary results on Amendment 2 show 831,549 votes statewide in favor of the amendment and 533,522 against it. Amendment 2 amends Section 3 of Article VI of the Constitution of Tennessee to establish a modified federal plan […]

The clarion bell has rung. I hear, see, and feel that feedback from “Rebel Nation” has merit on many levels. One email will have me looking not just at football games, but life differently. The most persuasive written words come from a student named E. (withholding full name unless I get permission to use full […]