After The Thrill Is Gone

By Alex Norman It was March 2005. The Tennessee Volunteers had just hired Bruce Pearl as their new men’s basketball coach, replacing Buzz Peterson. Buzz was literally the nicest guy you would ever want to meet, but simply wasn’t a good coach at high Division 1 level. I’m convinced that former Vols athletic director Doug […]

Publisher’s Position: Playing the Blame Game

By Steve Hunley It seems to me one of the most popular activities for politicians is a particular game that we know all too well: it’s called the Blame Game. Fortunately for most politicians, the Blame Game requires no real ability, talent or intelligence. Everyone can play. It is also a very versatile game, as […]

Focus on Law: Hiring a Lawyer

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Most people rarely find themselves in need of an attorney. When they do need an attorney, it is often in an emergency situation. Child custody disputes can arise suddenly and require immediate assistance from a lawyer. An arrest on criminal charges should call for hiring a defense lawyer immediately. […]

Corryton Beauty Nook celebrates 50 years

Open House set for February 24th By Richie Beeler Businesses are vital to the welfare of any thriving community. But for folks in Corryton, one particular establishment has become nothing short of an icon. The Corryton Beauty Nook will host an open house this coming Sunday, February 24th, to commemorate 50 years of continuous service […]

Pop and public schools

By Sarah Baker It’s funny how the smallest gesture can pick up a heavy heart and carry it through a tedious day. Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I was on bus duty and received the best valentine ever.  A student brought me a Coke Zero with a bow and a note attached which read:  “Pop! Pop!  Fizz! […]

1965 Highlights of Gibbs High School with Coach Bob Dagley

By Ralphine Major “Did Max Clendenen hire you?” I asked Ken Sparks when I wrote a column about the legendary Carson-Newman football coach last year. “Max Clendenen and Bob Dagley,” Coach Sparks answered.  Max Clendenen was the Principal at Gibbs High School and Bob Dagley, the Assistant Principal, when Ken Sparks was hired in 1968.  […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I look up at the cloudy February skies and watch the cold drizzle fall, I begin to long for spring.   In fact, about the only good thing I can say about February is that it’s short.  Perhaps a sign of aging is that you long for southern regions in the […]

KARM Camp Out 2013

Imagine a life without a place to call home. An empty stomach. Or even worse, an empty soul. Dreams dashed. Little hope. Hard to imagine? This is the sad reality for several hundreds of men, women and children in Knoxville every night.   But there is hope. Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is sowing seeds […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, February 18

Knoxville Focus for Monday, February 18

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Pilot campaign raises $42,500 for Salvation Army Pilot presented a $42,500 donation to The Salvation Army on Feb. 13 at the Pilot Food Mart on Merchants Drive. The money was raised through the support and donations of Knoxville customers during the annual Red Kettle Campaign. With all […]