Easter buffets, egg hunts plentiful at state parks

Families looking for ways to observe Easter will find a feast of buffets and a basketful of egg hunts at Tennessee State Parks, with events leading up to and including the weekend of April 20-21.   “Our state parks are geared for families, and we know Easter is a special time on the calendar of […]

Legal and public notices for the week of April 8, 2019

Foreclosure notices SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on May 30, 2019 on or about 10:00AM local time, at the North door, Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by JAMES H. ROBINSON AND CORRINE B. […]

When acceptable becomes unacceptable

By Joe Rector Former Vice President Joe Biden was taken to the woodshed for allegedly having placed his hands on a woman’s shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her head. The outrage came swiftly, yet some women came to his defense to declare the man was not a sexual abuser or predator. We’re in a […]

The Cross

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Spring—–Easter—–New Life!  It’s that season once again.  Winter has officially ended but for a few cool mornings and nights.  For some reason, the Easter holiday does not get all the attention that Christmas does with the traditions of family gatherings, giving gifts, and festive decorations.  But for the Christian, Easter is […]

That Herbal Family

By Rosie Moore As many gourmet chefs and women in the kitchen know, herbs are the variety of the spice of life. In general use, they are the plants with savory or aromatic properties that are used for flavoring. There are primary herbs, culinary herbs, and medicinal herbs. There are thousands of different herbs and […]

What does it mean to file something under seal?

By Jed McKeehan You may or may not have realized this, but almost all court documents are public records.  If you really wanted to, you could show up at the courthouse and peruse court filings.  In fact, bored reporters may do just that, looking to find a juicy story from a filed lawsuit. Most cases […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I can’t remember whether I’ve thought something, discussed my opinion with others or wrote about it in The Focus or my spiritual journal. Similarly, it’s sometimes hard to remember where I’ve heard or read something because I read extensively and peruse multiple news sites, medical journals and blogs. And for […]

Finding Davy Crockett’s family

By Mike Steely Most of us know about Davy Crockett, the Tennessean born in Limestone east of Greeneville, soldier in the Indian Wars, and volunteer in the battle for Texas independence. We know he died at the Alamo and there have been movies and television series about his real and fictional life. But most of […]

A busy week in sports … and hoping Kellie comes home

By Steve Williams This may be the busiest sports week of the year. Coming on the heels of Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol and the NCAA women’s basketball finals will be the men’s title game Monday night. The Tennessee Smokies also wrap up their first home baseball series of the season Monday. Of course, major […]

Jim Chaney’s Return

By Alex Norman You can be excused if you feel like Jarrett Guarantano has been on campus for a decade.  In fact, this will only be the fourth season for the redshirt junior quarterback. But Guarantano has not had an easy go of it.  He’s played in two seasons, while sitting out 2016 as a […]