Super foods of The Bible

By Rosie Moore This time of the year our thoughts naturally turn to food. We have the harvest of foods in the beginning of Autumn, then we consume those foods later in the season. I was amazed to learn how often food is mentioned in God’s Word. In the book of Deuteronomy the Israelites were […]

How to survive the problem

  By Joe Rector I keep hearing from news outlets that we have just crossed into a new world, a new time. The revelations of sexual harassment by some famous men has our world spinning. At the risk of offending some people, I have a few thoughts on the subject. To begin with, shame on […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever been the one to not get the message? Well, it just happened to me, four hours before the editorial deadline for this week’s Focus. Apparently, I didn’t get the email that usually reminds columnists to be prepared for an early deadline. To put a positive spin on this […]

Jacob Warren remains committed to Tennessee

By Mark Nagi Tennessee’s Class of 2018 has taken more than a few hits over the past couple of months.  6 players have publicly announced that they have de-committed from the class since early October.  The cornerstone of that group, Knoxville Catholic’s Cade Mays, announced on November 7th that he was looking elsewhere, only 5 […]

Legal and Public Notices for the week of November 27, 2017

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE     STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Troy R. Allen and Paula A. Allen executed a Deed of Trust to Branch Banking And Trust Company, Lender and Bbat Collateral Service Corporation, Trustee(s), which was dated September 28, 2007 and recorded on October 4, 2007 in Instrument No. 200710040028847, and modified […]

Teens honored with Service to Humanity award for 4,000 hours of service

For several years, one Knox County student has traveled more than a thousand miles in an un-air-conditioned bus to help prevent child suicides. Another formed a 501(c)(3) charity for at-risk youth. These efforts stand as just two ways young people in the Knoxville area look beyond themselves to help others. Earlier this month, the Optimist […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 27, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for November 27, 2017

Short-term rentals approved for ALL residential zones By Mike Steely Despite continual opposition from some neighborhood groups the Knoxville City Council passed, on a split vote, a short-term rental policy for every residential neighborhood. Only two council members, Duane Grieve and Nick Della Volpe, opposed the final 6-2 vote. Councilman George Wallace was absent […]

City begins streetlight retrofitting in East Knoxville

City begins streetlight retrofitting in East Knoxville

By Ken Lay The City of Knoxville is changing its streetlights. It became official recently when Mayor Madeline Rogero hosted a ceremony where the first LED light was lit. Rogero and city councilman and former mayor Daniel Brown were on hand when Angel Pena of Siemens turned on the first new light in East Knoxville […]

The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

  By Ray Hill In 1920, Tennessee had done the unthinkable and gone Republican.  Not only had GOP presidential nominee Warren Harding carried Tennessee, but the Volunteer State with women newly enfranchised to vote, had elected a Republican governor, Alf Taylor.  The Republicans had also picked up three congressional seats, ousting veteran Democratic congressmen Cordell […]

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