Irrelevant and Desperate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Two thousand years ago, the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus was on trial for treason, a capitol offense under the Roman occupation of the area they called Palestine. Was Pilate’s interrogative that of a district attorney’s probing of an accused individual? Was Pilate merely being […]

‘Turn out the lights, the party’s over’ for Alabama

By Steve Williams Clemson and Alabama literally put the 2016 college football season to bed last Monday night. Actually it was Tuesday morning, a few minutes past midnight, when Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with only one second left on the clock in the Tigers’ 35-31 come-from-behind victory. As I […]

Alabama loses…. Tennessee and the nation rejoice

By Alex Norman Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. There was a lot of schadenfreude taking place last week in Knoxville and… well, just about everywhere in the world of college football. When Alabama fell to Clemson 35-31 in the national championship game, it set off wild celebrations in South Carolina of […]

When Arrested, Are You Entitled to a Phone Call?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When you see someone get arrested in the movies or on TV, you will see them often yelling about getting their, “phone call.”  Is that a real thing?  Are you actually entitled to a phone call when you get arrested? The short answer is, “yes, you are entitled to a phone call.”  Tennessee […]

Practice! Practice!

By Rosie Moore Most of my columns are written with admonishments or thoughts for us “Seniors” but today I’m giving some advice to the younger set. Here’s why: When I was around eight years old I had a friend at school and was invited to her home every day after school. I loved to go […]

Winter is moving on!

By Ralphine Major They seem to blend in with the winter landscape of barren trees and fields that were once full of green grass. I first spotted them around Thanksgiving walking awkwardly on the grounds as they searched for something to eat. Nine wild turkeys can be seen almost daily as they make their rounds. […]

Cold Play

By Joe Rector The past week saw winter rear its ugly head. A small amount of snow didn’t look like too much of a problem, but temperatures that stayed in the teens and twenties turned melting snow into sheets of ice. Anytime in my life that the white stuff stacks up outside, I’ve been out […]

Legal and Public Notices for the week of January 16, 2017

  NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated December 3, 2004, executed by BRANDI M. HUTCHESON, conveying certain real property therein described to TIM WILLIAMS, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of […]


Record set in 2015 surpassed by more than 33,500 visitors.     Zoo Knoxville welcomed 473,679 visitors in 2016, reaching a new attendance record for the second year in a row and exceeding the record set in 2015 by 33,564 people.   While more than 202,000 zoo-goers came from Knoxville and the surrounding counties, more […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

Harry Tindell Launches Candidacy for Knoxville City Council, 4th District Former Knoxville State Representative Harry Tindell, age 56, announces his intention to seek the 4th district seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. He currently lives in the Alice Bell / Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business.   […]

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