Bone Tired

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A patient recently asked me how long I had been writing for The Focus.  I couldn’t remember.  However, I quickly divided two hundred and seventy essays by fifty-two weeks in a year and came up with five years of stories.  I’ve wondered if my muse will someday leave me, but it […]

Lady Vols Fall Two Wins Short Of National Championship

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team arrived at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City a confident group, after sweeping through the Regional and Super Regionals with a 5-0 record. That confidence did nothing but grow after wins over Florida, Washington and Texas advanced the seventh-seeded Lady Vols into the final […]

Stay-Cation 2013

By Sarah Baker Last summer, I had my dream European Vacation paid for by someone who loves me. This summer, I’m back to my own budget. Therefore, I have devised a list of my favorite stay-cation choices for the summer. 1.            Take a picnic and hike at Big South Fork. Located about an hour and […]

Hay Season in Tennessee

By Ralphine Major I can see it coming over the hill right now.  I can hear it, too–our red Farmall tractor pulling a wagon stacked high with hay, young boys, and a dog or two.  They would stop in the road in front of our house for snacks and a glass of ice cold water […]

Remembering Great-Aunt Sophie’s Clothesline

By Rosie Moore When I was a young girl I spent a lot of summers with my great-aunt Sophie, who lived a few miles outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was a diminutive lady of German ancestry with long, white hair braided around her head, sparkling blue eyes and a dimple in each cheek. There are […]

Lessons in a 52 pickup truck

By Joe Rector It’s summer time, and one never comes around that I don’t remember the good and bad times I had during these months when I was younger. Twin brother Jim and I awoke to the morning air heavy with the perfume of honeysuckle, and we played hard all day. When we reached high […]

Focus on the Law: Defamation

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Often referred to as “defamation of character,” defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person which causes that person to suffer harm.   “The essential element of a cause of action for defamation is a false and defamatory statement which caused injury to the plaintiff’s character or […]

Knoxville in Nashville…catching up with Stephen Hunley.

On June 5th 2013, The Knoxville Focus attended a performance by Knoxvilles’ own Stephen Hunley. He played a solo 30 minute set at “The Commodore”… which is virtually unheard of.  During CMAfest, it is a daunting task to book a gig anywhere. Due to the  many artists in town during CMAfest, the balance of supply […]

The Best Fan Party at CMAfest Goes to…

Without a shadow of doubt, Whitney Duncan had the best fan party in Nashville during CMA week.  While other artists rented out big restaurants, and had expensive sound machines and charged ridiculous amounts of money, Whitney Duncan brought it all back to the basics. On Thursday, June 3rd 2013, Whitney Duncan performed an absolute acoustic set at […]