By Dr. Jim Ferguson After illness and surgery it’s hard to get back in the swing of things. During the darker moments of my “sabbatical” I wondered if I would ever write again. However, the Psalmist wrote, “…tears may last for a night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). My wife and I, […]

Paying it forward in Knoxville

By Mike Steely I was at a local auto service center recently to get the oil changed in my wife’s car on a FREE oil change coupon. I’ve had work done there many times and the last time I was given two free oil changes. Since it’s difficult to find a trustworthy mechanic, I’ve […]

Corryton Church Ministers to Missionaries

By Richie Beeler Corryton (Baptist) Church has a heart for missionaries.  Sixteen years ago God gave Paul Cowell of Whitestone Country Inns in Kingston a vision to minister to missionaries around the world.  Because of the enormous difficulties missionaries can face, the drop-out rate is high.  Apart from the normal difficulties that families here face, […]

A rare night at the theater

By Joe Rector Amy and I had the opportunity to see “White Christmas” at the Tennessee Theater not long ago. I’m not much for musicals, but this show is different. The cast and orchestra did a commendable job of presenting one of the most loved shows for the Christmas season. Other sights during the evening […]

Legal and Public Notices for November 30, 2015

    NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Teretta Hall and Harold Hall executed a Deed of Trust to Argent Mortgage Company, LLC, Lender and Wesley D. Turner, Trustee(s), which was dated October 25, 2006 and recorded on November 6, 2006 in Instrument No. 200611060038984, Knox County, Tennessee Register of […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 30, 2015

Pilot Flying J to sponsor Battle at Bristol By Mike Steely “College Football’s Biggest Ever” game just might live up to its slogan with some 150,000 fans watching the UT Volunteers face the Virginia Tech Hokies next September at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The game at the speedway, almost ten years in planning, will […]

Publisher’s Position: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… Your Terrorists

By Steve Hunley The question of whether or not America should take in 10,000 Syrian refugees has caught fire with, at last count, 31 governors telling Washington their states don’t want to accept any further refugees.  Considering the recent deliberate slaughter of innocents in Paris, we already have knee jerk reactions from both the far […]

Operation Christmas Child Gives To Many

By David Klein From November 16-November 23, Knoxville area residents dropped off thousands of shoe boxes at three collection centers for Operation Christmas Child, an organization headed by Samaritan’s Purse. The program donates school supplies, hygiene items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, and toys to children from ages 2-14 to countries around the world. According […]

Claude Pepper of Florida

By Ray Hill There is likely no other career that affords fewer opportunities for revival than politics.  Even more rare in a political career is redemption.  Claude Pepper’s political career spanned a remarkable sixty years, from 1928 until his death in 1989.  By the time he died, Pepper was something of an iconic figure, especially […]

Gibbs High School Class of ‘61

By Ralphine Major I looked at the list of names and realized I had met many of them through the years as our paths crossed.  1961 was the year my class began first grade, and I had no idea who the graduating seniors were.  On a gorgeous July evening, the Gibbs High School Class […]