A Smoother Journey

By Joe Rector The older I grow,  the more I come to realize that life resembles a ride on the biggest roller coaster in existence, and it’s a ride that travels much too fast for my taste. Those rides that make stomachs rise to throats and frazzle nerves aren’t things I find particularly fun; more […]

Where’s Rudolph?

By Ralphine Major The look on her face was one of pain and distress. Her hands clutched her stomach. We thought she was ill. Many years ago, mother and I had nursery duty during worship service. The group of three-year-old children looked adorable in their Christmas outfits and eyes full of wonderment. The class had […]

Should I let the police search my vehicle?

By Jed McKeehan You’ve seen the dramatic car searches on the TV shows, and you might be wondering what you would do if you were asked to allow the police to search your vehicle without probable cause. First off, why are they searching your vehicle?  They are looking for drugs, drug items, or other things […]

King of the Courts

King of the Courts

By Steve Hunley Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond apparently isn’t satisfied with running the Criminal courts and the Fourth Circuit Court.  The Fourth Circuit Court is Knox County’s busiest divorce court and considering how many marriages seem to dissolve daily, it likely moves like a revolving door at lunchtime.  No, not content with […]

Ijam’s River Cleanup Ongoing

Ijam’s River Cleanup Ongoing

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com You may have seen him as he slowly boated up and down both shores with buckets and bags in the boat and a long dip net. Who is that guy out in the boat on the Tennessee River and what’s he doing? Depending on the day the guy in the boat […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Ten

Senator Howard Baker, Part Ten

By Ray Hill Senator Howard Baker had seen several election cycles diminish Republican gains in 1974 and 1976. Democrats were optimistic about continued success and Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Ned Ray McWherter was asked by President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale to run against the Minority Leader when Baker came […]

Central’s magic carpet ride ends one win short of gold

PHOTO BY JOHN VALENTINE Central senior lineman Isaac Buell tries to get to Memphis East sophomore quarterback Justin Lynn in the Class 4A state championship game Dec. 3 at Tennessee Tech. Buell had two solo stops in the Bobcats' 27-3 loss.

Central’s magic carpet ride ends one win short of gold

By Steve Williams Central’s football team proved to be human after all. They had an off day. After many magic moments led to an 11-game winning streak and their first berth in the TSSAA state finals in 17 seasons, the Bobcats couldn’t get in the end zone and Memphis East pulled away for a 27-3 […]

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Opens Monday, Ski Slopes Open Friday

Aerial Tramway Passes all Inspections & Snowmaking Crew has been busy Since Thursday Tennessee’s iconic Aerial Tramway will reopen with regular operating hours on Monday, December 12th. Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway has been cleared by several engineers after a comprehensive inspection plan was launched immediately after management learned of the wildfire impact on Ski Mountain […]

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