Annoying Hospital Stays

By Joe Rector I sat in the surgical waiting room as my dear wife underwent a procedure. None of us look forward to any kind of events that concern medical personnel; they are second in unpopularity only to trips to the dentist. Everything about these journeys is less than pleasant. One of the annoying things […]

What’s the difference between jail and prison?

By Jed McKeehan When I speak with individuals who do not work in the legal field (and sometimes even when they do), they will use the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably.  The terms “attorney” and “lawyer” mean the same thing, do “jail” and “prison” mean the same thing?  No, they do not. Jails are usually […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Cross

By Ralphine Major It is, perhaps, the most recognized symbol of Easter.  Often displayed inside and outside of churches, the cross is a constant reminder of the most important event in history.  While Christmas celebrates our Saviour’s birth, Easter marks the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story behind one cross in Knoxville, Tennessee, […]

Orange & White Game Preview

By Alex Norman On Saturday the Vols will play… well… the Vols in the annual Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium. This is an opportunity for Tennessee fans to lose their minds with the playing of a scrimmage. To save you the trouble of actually attending the game or watching it on SEC Network […]

The End Game

The End Game

By Steve Hunley All too often, it seems like many of us have lost sight of the purpose of education.  When everything else is scraped away, all that remains is getting a job and becoming a productive citizen.  The culmination of secondary education is to finish high school and go on to further one’s education […]

Fourth and Gill opening homes for tour

Fourth and Gill opening homes for tour

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood is offering the public a chance to tour several homes and buildings there Sunday. Included in the tour are the Graystone Mansion, now the home of WATE Television, and the stately Central United Methodist Church. Guests can leisurely walk the neighborhood to visit the featured […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part VII

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part VII

By Ray Hill With the outbreak of war in Europe following Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland, the United States of America was faced with an unpleasant reality.  Neutrality acts had been passed by the Congress in 1936, 1936 and 1937, but the war between Germany, Great Britain and France was eerily reminiscent of the First […]

How Knox County places were named

How Knox County places were named

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you’re new to Knox County or a native-born resident you may have wondered about place names and how the names were chosen. There is some confusion over some of the place names and little is known about the origin of other names. Take Powell Station for instance. The growing area […]

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