Welcome 2017!

By Ralphine Major “ . . . but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 (New American Standard). Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians always come to mind at this time of year. The window of time between Christmas Day and New Year’s […]

It’s Time to Be Thankful for Tennessee Football…

By Alex Norman If you listen to sports talk radio… if you log on to twitter… if you check out Facebook… you would think that Tennessee will soon disband the football program and turn Neyland Stadium into condominiums. The Vols underachieved and boy oh boy is the mob ready to strike. The head coach is […]

Stars skipping bowls would end viewers’ interest, a la Pro Bowl

By Steve Williams College football would eventually suffer if more and more high-profile players do like LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffery did and skip their bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft. This would particularly be true if big-name players pulled out of the Final Four playoff games and other high-paid bowl […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 3, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 3, 2017

Fountain City Auction’s 12th Annual Advertising Auction **DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THE AUCTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOON on SATURDAY, JANUARY 14.** By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are a fan of tv shows “American Pickers” or “Storage Wars” or are into history,  you won’t want to miss Fountain City Auction’s 12th Annual Advertisement Auction. […]

Predators in Our Schools

Predators in Our Schools

By Steve Hunley Steve Reilly of USA Today had a story in the Gannett newspapers in Tennessee that every parent and grandparent ought to read.  Apparently Reilly researched his article for an entire year and discovered “that education officials put children in harm’s way by covering up evidence of abuse, keeping allegations secret and making […]

Ray Blanton, Part Two

Ray Blanton, Part Two

By Ray Hill Tennessee had lost a congressional district in the redistricting in 1971.  Congressmen Ray Blanton and William Anderson, both Democrats, would likely have run against one another if both sought reelection.  Anderson flirted with a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination while Blanton had his sights set on the Senate seat held by […]

The Lonas-Dowell House

The Lonas-Dowell House

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Throughout Knox County are many historic homes and structures. Many predate the Civil War and others were designed or built by iconic architects. Many of the structures have been preserved and renovated and that effort continues as local developers are working to restore various downtown buildings, schools, and homes for use. […]