The Doctor Is In: Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve become accustomed to writing my Focus essay on Wednesday afternoons after I’ve made hospital rounds and I’ve finish business chores.  However, grandbabies change your life.  My two girls were fortunate to have my stay-at-home wife, Becky, when they were growing up.  There’s nothing better than a mom to watch over […]

The Long Months Ahead (Without Football)

By Alex Norman The Super Bowl is over, and millions of football fans are asking the same question… What am I going to do with my life? Well, you could always spend more time with your family, start a new hobby, and perhaps begin taking those yoga classes you always wanted. Who am I kidding!  […]

Honk if you already miss football season

By Steve Williams About this time every year, after the last football game of the season has been played, we hear fans moaning about the long wait ahead until next season. It’s a depressing time for many. You would think they had been sentenced to only cold and darkness, bread and water, for the next […]

Focus on the Law: Basic Estate Planning

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are rich, poor or somewhere in between, you should make plans for the future.  It may be uncomfortable to think about but we may not always be healthy and all of us will die someday.  It is important to decide what should happen if we become unable […]

A Hero on and off the field

By Ralphine Major He was scheduled to speak on Super Bowl Sunday last year, but was given a trip to the Super Bowl instead.  A few months later, he captivated an entire congregation for nearly an hour with his riveting story and testimony.  It is a story of hopes and dreams, football and shattered dreams, […]

Least of these

By Sarah Baker It was sixth grade, and I probably weighed sixty pounds soaking wet.  The rowdy cafeteria was being monitored by Coach Mike White, whose piercing blue-eyed stare and thunderous voice left no need for a whistle or a megaphone.  I was hungry and grouchy, looking at the length of the line from the […]

It’s (not so) great to be a Tennessee Vol

Hamilton’s unfortunate legacy lives on at UT By Richie Beeler The University of Tennessee athletic department is approximately $200 million in debt with a cash reserve of $1.95 million, according to a report from CBS Sports released last week. That puts UT in the worst financial shape of any athletic department in the Southeastern Conference, […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, February 4

Knoxville Focus for Monday, February 4

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Ruthie Kuhlman elected Chair of Knox County Republican Party By Tasha Mahurin Despite the frigid temperatures on Saturday morning, Republicans from across Knox County filed into Central High School for the Knox County GOP Convention. The convention brought several surprises this year, including snow; however, the weather […]

Voters Sharply Divided On Digital Signs

Voters Sharply Divided On Digital Signs

By Focus Staff Knoxville and Knox County voters appear to be sharply divided in their opinions about digital signs.  This week’s Knoxville Focus poll asked likely voters this question: “Do you believe electronic digital billboards should be banned in Knox County?” Slightly more than 51% of respondents said no, digital billboards should not be banned; […]

The Lunch House: comfort food at its finest

The Lunch House: comfort food at its finest

By Tasha Mahurin In East Knoxville, just at the Magnolia Ave. and Asheville Hwy. split, lies a local lunch spot so distinctly “Knoxville” that one of their regular customers is Johnny Knoxville himself. The smorgasbord menu includes everything from home-cooked Southern favorites, such as fried catfish and vegetable soup, to classic Americana fare like […]