Sabeteurs

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Perhaps the most influential science fiction novel of the 20th century was “Dune,” written by Frank Herbert. Too often people discount the science-fiction genre as Flash Gordon-esk with cheesy plots and ray guns. If this is what you think, I can assure you that you are wrong. An example of the […]

No. 506 is what Hutchens really desires this season

By Steve Williams I was at the scorer’s table at Alcoa High School, getting the individual scoring, after Knoxville Catholic ’s District 4-AA title win over CAK last week when Catholic assistant coach Tony Scott came over to get the scorebook. “Tonight’s win was No. 499 for Coach Hutchens,” Scott informed me. I knew “Hutch” […]

2017: Make or break for Butch Jones?

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s football coaching staff looks a lot different today as opposed to January 1st, the day after the Music City Bowl. Mike DeBord (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach), Willie Martinez (assistant head coach/defensive backs coach), Steve Stripling (associate head coach/defensive line coach) and Don Mahoney (offensive line coach) have departed. Stripling is still on […]

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

By Steve Hunley Last week’s editorial “Are they Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of Indexed Annual Tax Increases” brought a letter from Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas that starts off as follows: “One of your recent editorials had some ‘alternative facts’ I wanted to bring to your attention. As a wise man once observed, we […]

Parkridge may add tenants committee

Parkridge may add tenants committee

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com On the Parkridge Community Organization’s Facebook page, the group’s president, Jennifer Montgomery, is suggesting that a Tenant Committee be added to the neighborhood group. Montgomery, who is presiding over different opinions about the proposed Historic Zoning (H-1) for the entire neighborhood, said she’d host the first meeting of tenants and let […]

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

By Ray Hill When author Mark Twain was informed a newspaper had printed his obituary, he tartly replied, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar was seventy-seven years old in 1946 when he sought reelection for a sixth term.  McKellar had been ailing, although he seemed busier than ever, […]

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

By Steve Williams As an uncontested Qua Hines dribbled the closing seconds off the clock in Gatlinburg-Pittman’s 39-29 District 3-AA title win, she got a hug from Fulton’s Lay Lay Manning. It appeared the two know each other and they probably do. Hines played basketball at Northwest Middle School in Knoxville as an eighth grader […]

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