What does it mean to be an accessory after the fact?

By Jedidah McKeehan We’ve all seen the movie where a suspect is being questioned about their criminal history and they are reminded of how they were involved in an armed robbery many years ago.  The suspect always responds by saying that he was driving a car and his friends robbed a place and he inadvertently […]


By Rosie Moore I am sure many of my readers have read  these thoughts before but I think they bear repeating. “One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of […]

Paying what we owe

By Joe Rector In Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” he says that he meets the U.S. government once a year in the form of the tax collector. He refused to pay those taxes as a means of protesting the Mexican War, which he said enlarged the Southern lands that promoted slavery. I’ve always admired his […]

The Front Porch

By Ralphine Major A mere mention of the place can bring to mind childhood memories and special times, though there was a time when its popularity seemed to fade.  The architecture of ranch-style homes and others nearly eliminated the front porch as many of us remember it.  Today, the front porch seems to be making […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Though we hear much these days about concussions, football players are not the only victims of head injury. I aver that Americans have had their hearts and souls and minds assaulted for years, and the attacks just keep increasing. No one knows in what context head injury produces the entity known […]

Partners encourage community support of child health

Celebrate Child Health Week   The Knox County Health Department (KCHD), TennCare Kids and a host of community partners are planning activities to observe Child Health Week, Oct. 1-7, 2017. In honor of Child Health Day, first proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, the State of Tennessee designates a week in October every year […]

Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Where can you find an antique tractor parade, a feed bag toss, a skillet toss and a pumpkin seed spitting contest? How about music, vendors and local authors? The Union County Heritage Festival is a one-day event Saturday, October 7 at Wilson Park in Maynardville. There’s the Heritage Olympics, a “longest […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

By Ray Hill Tennessee had been staunchly for Woodrow Wilson, both in his 1912 campaign for the presidency and his 1916 reelection campaign. Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had been a fervent admirer of President Wilson as a member of the House of Representatives and if anything, his admiration grew as a […]

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