Focus on the Law: Mental Health Commitments

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “Commitment” is the common term used to describe the group of procedures for detaining or admitting someone who is mentally ill in Tennessee.  There are four basic procedures and they are covered in Tennessee Code, Title 33.  In summary, these procedures are as follows: Voluntary Admission.  A person may […]

Conscience

“To go against conscience is neither right nor safe.” Martin Luther By Dr. Jim Ferguson Perhaps it’s a bit late to talk about Independence Day, but I wanted everyone to know that Knoxville Tennessee was named the most patriotic city in the United States according to a recent USA Today poll.  I realize most polls […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, July 15

Knoxville Focus for Monday, July 15

Click here to view the full Focus for this week. Antiques Roadshow visits Knoxville By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com Billed as part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, PBS’s primetime series Antiques Roadshow visited Knoxville this past weekend as part of an eight-city summer production tour. The all-day appraisal event was held in at the […]

Knoxvillians, Knox Countians Support Public Prayer

Knoxvillians, Knox Countians Support Public Prayer

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “Do you support or oppose prayer before public meetings or events?” Quite nearly 87% of respondents said they support prayer at public meetings and events. Only just over 13% said they opposed prayer at public meetings or events. The results were consistent throughout the […]

Who is really being harassed?

Who is really being harassed?

By Steve Hunley There are times when silence is not golden and this is one of them. For those people who still read the Knoxville News-Sentinel, you may have noticed the same story about polling and State Senator Stacey Campfield being repeated over and over again. The Sentinel has done its best to infer somehow […]

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter III

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter III

By Ray Hill The administration of Governor Prentice Cooper, unlike that of his predecessor Gordon Browning, had been relatively quiet. Cooper and Browning were as different in temperament as they were in appearance. Gordon Browning was a big, bluff man with a shock of hair swept back from his forehead with a tendency to being […]

Severance named Second Congressional District Stateswoman of the Year

Severance named Second Congressional District Stateswoman of the Year

By Tasha Mahurin tasha@knoxfocus.com “I am both humbled and honored to be selected as the Stateswoman of the Year from the Second Congressional District by my Congressman, John J. (Jimmy) Duncan,” Phyllis Severance told the Focus. Severance graduated from East High School in Knoxville, and she then attended the University of Tennessee. She met and […]

Former tennis player, coach, and teacher is still a fan of the game he loves

Former tennis player, coach, and teacher is still a fan of the game he loves

By Steve Williams Louis Royal enjoys talking tennis. The former University of Tennessee player and head coach and longtime teacher of the game has many stories. It was also around this time of the year, summertime, that many of his memories were made. Englishman Andy Murray’s recent Wimbledon championship led to Royal recalling one of […]

Sentinel Lack of Focus on Facts Infuriates Commissioner Briggs

Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs, an announced opponent in next year’s Republican primary against State Senator Stacey Campfield, called Knoxville Focus publisher Steve Hunley saying he was “furious” about having been “misquoted” in an article appearing in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Listen to Commissioner Briggs’s voice mail message here. Senator Campfield complained citizens were being harassed by repeated […]