A SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE: Making a splash at L&N STEM Academy

Perseverance powers James Bretscher to national rankings By Steve Williams James Bretscher was determined to have a strong senior season in swimming, and his years of hard work and effort were rewarded. The rapidly improving Bretscher not only won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke events at the 2015 TISCA Tennessee State High School Swimming […]

Congressman Finis J. Garrett

By Ray Hill   For more than two decades, Finis James Garrett represented a West Tennessee district in Congress. Garrett was a talented politician and his rise was meteoric. Winning a seat in Congress when he was barely twenty-eight years old, he rose to become the Minority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives. […]

Big second half nets Farm League title for Dragons

By Ken Lay The Karns Dragons Little League Baseball team won an improbable championship recently when they claimed the Farm League Championship Series. The Dragons, who had five players selected to the all-star team, may have finished on top in the 6, 7 and 8-year old coach pitch league. Early on, however, first-year head coach […]

Our Historic Buildings – The AJ Hotel

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com In about 12 years the Andrew Johnson Building on the corner of Gay and West Hill Street will be 100 years old. Over those many years the building, now on the National Register of Historic Places, has seen tenants come and go. Some were famous and some were infamous. Today the […]

The Chalk Board: June 15, 2015

By Sally Absher Tim and Jim reach budget compromise. Last Monday, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Schools Director Jim McIntyre held a joint press conference to present a budget compromise that they say would allow for the construction of both the Hardin Valley and Gibbs middle schools, as well as provide a […]


By Joe Rector This world isn’t much like the one I grew up in. Oh, I know technology has made advancements that make our lives much easier. Folks now have much more time to pursue interests and hobbies. Those aren’t the things I’m talking about. What amazes me is the concern for germs. Americans have […]

Tennessee takes its lumps. Again.

By Alex Norman I give up. Seriously.  I give up. From this point forward I refuse to believe that Tennessee’s athletic department will ever be back to normal. Much like my refusal to pick the Vols to beat Florida in football, I will no longer believe that Tennessee can go a month without a public […]

Tennessee basketball has another dark cloud overhead

By Steve Williams Just what we didn’t need. Another dark cloud over the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program. Allegations of serious academic wrongdoing in the Texas program when new Vols head coach Rick Barnes was employed there were reported last week. Both Dave Hart, Tennessee’s athletic director, and officials at Texas have said they […]

A Special Family’s Love, IV

By Ralphine Major It is often said that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  That certainly seems the case in the Julian household.  Not only is Hannah Renee a sister to her siblings, she became the mother figure to them also when they came to live in her home after their father’s […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “No man is an island, entire of itself; everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… Any man’s death diminishes me…” John Donne penned these immortal words in 1624 as he reflected on his near death experience from what he and others thought was bubonic plague. Apparently, […]