Neurotheology

By Dr. Jim Ferguson This week marks my 400th essay for The Knoxville Focus. One might consider this as a milestone and invoke special verbiage. However, what’s on my mind is a topic relevant in all circumstances. During my recent illness family, friends and fellow parishioners often said they were thinking and praying for me […]

Tennessee connections (again) at the Super Bowl

By Alex Norman Well, here we go again… Despite a recent run of futility that only now seems to be ending after eight long years in the college football abyss, the Tennessee Vols are going to be represented in the Super Bowl for the 24th time in the past 25 seasons. In fact, there are […]

Super Bowl stuff and a little basketball on the side

By Steve Williams Holly Warlick has lost more basketball games than she wanted to this season, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. In the middle of an interview on the Lady Vol Illustrated radio show last week, the night after another turnover-riddled showing by her team at Kentucky, Coach Warlick sneezed right on […]

‘Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet’ Traveling Exhibition coming to Blount County Public Library

‘Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet’ Traveling Exhibition coming to Blount County Public Library

  MARYVILLE, TN    The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year, so to kick off the Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet exhibition, at the Blount County Public Library, Park Ranger, Mike Maslona, will discuss “The National Park Service – 100 Years!” Park Ranger Maslona will share information about the history and purpose […]

KCHD’s next Diabetes Management Series starts Thursday

Classes are free and open to the public   The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) offers a free Diabetes Management Series several times a year to help those affected by the disease. The next four-part series takes place on Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the KCHD auditorium, […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 1, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for February 1, 2016

Candidate forum draws crowd By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission candidate forum Thursday evening at the Emporium on Gay Street drew a sizable crowd to hear those people with primary opposition speak. Candidates with no opposition in their Republican or Democratic Primary did not appear. The event, sponsored by the League of Women […]

Establishment Politics

Establishment Politics

  By Steve Hunley If you ever want to know what the business elite and political establishment think, simply read the News Sentinel.  The Chamber of Commerce types, business elite and powers that be are waging a furious assault to drive Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong out of office.  They’ve tried several different […]

Revisiting Bearden

Revisiting Bearden

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are new to Knoxville you’ve probably familiar with Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike, the one-in-the-same street that runs from downtown all the way to Farragut and on to Loudon County. Driving west from downtown, past the churches and stately homes in the Sequoyah Hills  neighborhood, you’ll enter Bearden as […]

Arthur Capper of Kansas

Arthur Capper of Kansas

By Ray Hill “If you trust the people, they will trust you.” Arthur Capper Before there was Bob Dole, there was Arthur Capper. Capper was the most successful politician in Kansas for decades. Of the many campaigns he waged, he lost only one. He served two terms as governor and served in the United States […]

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