Facades

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Friends invited Becky and me to the recent UT-Vandy game. It had been several years since our last visit to Neyland Stadium. Becky and I are both graduates of UT, and she was a cheerleader! Both of us still cheer for our Vols, and when they win it’s good for the […]

The Best Gift

By Ralphine Major Signs of the season are everywhere, not only in decorations but in the kindness of strangers in everyday life.  Each courteous act brings to life the songs of Elvis and Alan Jackson urging that we carry the Christmas spirit with us every day.  The blend of pine cones and poinsettias with pumpkins […]

Brotherly Projects

By Joe Rector Thanksgiving weekend offered most of us the chance to sit back, kick our feet up, and spend the time watching football, eating leftovers, and taking naps. However, that’s not the Rector way. Jim and I had jobs to do and set out to complete the “to-do” list before the work week began. […]

Peterman, former Vol QB, makes remarkable turnaround at Pitt

By Steve Williams I thought Nathan Peterman was the worst starting quarterback to play for the University of Tennessee since the Vols switched from the old single wing to the T formation in the mid-1960s. That opinion began soon after Butch Jones started Peterman instead of Justin Worley against Florida at the Swamp in 2013. […]

Future is Bright for Tennessee Football

By Alex Norman After winning eight games in the regular season for the first time since 2007, Tennessee has momentum going into the bowl game. More importantly, there are a lot of reasons for Vols fans to be excited about the 2016 season, and it isn’t just manufactured hype. The Vols will return a ton […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 7, 2015

The Gift of Joy through Music By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Frank Graffeo, Executive Director of the Joy of Music School, was surprised Thursday with a donation from Steve Hunley, Fountain City Auction, The Knoxville Focus, and Fountain City Antiques Market. Electric and acoustic guitars, violins, a clarinet, a flute, a trumpet and many other items […]

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com South Doyle Middle School Announces State of the Schools for January 12 The administration and staff of South Doyle Middle School invite you to attend their State of the School address and open communication meeting at 6 p.m. on January 12th in the auditorium. Principal Taiwo (Tye) Sutton and the administrative […]

Catholic completes comeback with gold rush, 48-8

By Steve Williams The football teams of Knoxville Catholic and Nashville Pearl-Cohn had much in common record-wise coming into the BlueCross Bowl Class 4A state championship game. Both had overcome 2-4 starts with eight straight wins to reach the finals with identical 10-4 records. It didn’t take long, however, to see a big difference in […]

Want to comment on downtown Food Trucks?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Been downtown lately? Notice various food trucks here and there in the city? These mobile vendors sell everything from hot dogs, ice cream, burgers, fried pies, crepes, sandwiches, BBQ, Mexican and Caribbean food and so much more. Many downtown workers seem to like the idea but, until now, where and when […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate I

By Ray Hill There was a time when members of the United States Senate were not only considered some of the most talented and extraordinary people in their respective states, but the entire country.  Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun all occupied seats in the U. S. Senate at the same time and […]