Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Announces 2017-18 Season

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will celebrate its 73rd season with exhilarating performances by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, celebrated artists on the Chamber Music Series, and exciting new additions to the Oak Ridge Chorus Series.    “I’m thrilled to begin my 8th season as Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra,” said […]

A Spring Scene

By Ralphine Major It is picture perfect!  But, this rare wildlife photo is not mine.  The credit belongs to someone else.  In woodlands and open fields, what a thrill it is when wildlife appear! Only a few weeks ago, we were counting the days until spring.  Finally, the season of new life arrived, bringing beautiful […]

Birthday Boy Blues

By Joe Rector So, I recently celebrated my true entrance into senior citizen life. To me, 65 is the correct age for entering the group, even though AARP mails out membership cards to folks when they reach 50. At any rate, I am a bonafide “senior.” Does this mean I am allowed to fuss and […]

What Does a Court Clerk Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard the term “court clerk” at some point and wonder, “What does a court clerk do?”  How does someone become a court clerk, anyway? The courts that have clerks are circuit, general sessions, criminal and juvenile court.  In each county there is at least one person who is the […]

TSSAA director compliments Powell and others for cooperation

By Steve Williams The day after the rains came at this year’s Spring Fling, causing repeated delays in softball and baseball games and forcing tennis play to move indoors, TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said he was particularly sorry for the Powell High softball team. “Both Powell and Brentwood, because of the weather, had been […]

Tour of Duty

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Often, the hardest part of writing is getting started. Sometimes I think I’ve said enough in this column after a half million words. This is especially true as another editorial deadline approaches. And then I get a phone call of praise or a fellow church member thanks me for a recent […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

Jack Huddleston Day By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The turnout Friday to honor former commissioner and community advocate Jack Huddleston was a gathering of “Who’s Who” of Knox County elected officials. Burchett organized the effort and dozens of current and former officials gathered at Harbison Crossroads at Emory Road and Tazewell Pike to thank Huddleston for […]

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

By Steve Hunley The mainstream media seems ever more comfortable in its refusal to cover increasing assaults on freedom and free speech.  Take the case of Bret Weinstein, a professor of biology at Evergreen State College in Washington State.  Keep in mind, Weinstein is no fire-breathing conservative nor is he a card-carrying Republican.  Quite the […]

Catching up with Senator Briggs

Catching up with Senator Briggs

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com How many things can one person do in a lifetime? How many encounters with history can a person encounter? In the case of State Senator Richard Briggs—retired Army Colonel with wartime duty in the Middle East, cardiothoracic surgeon, family man, former Knox County Commissioner and now Tennessee State Senator— his life […]

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric I

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric I

By Ray Hill Dr. John R. Neal was an American original; an educator, lawyer, state legislator, and perennial candidate for public office.  Neal could have been the blueprint for the absentminded professor.  Dr. Neal is frequently remembered for his many eccentricities, which included paying virtually no attention to his personal appearance, bathing infrequently, if at […]

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