Paying what we owe

By Joe Rector In Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” he says that he meets the U.S. government once a year in the form of the tax collector. He refused to pay those taxes as a means of protesting the Mexican War, which he said enlarged the Southern lands that promoted slavery. I’ve always admired his […]

The Front Porch

By Ralphine Major A mere mention of the place can bring to mind childhood memories and special times, though there was a time when its popularity seemed to fade.  The architecture of ranch-style homes and others nearly eliminated the front porch as many of us remember it.  Today, the front porch seems to be making […]

CTE

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Though we hear much these days about concussions, football players are not the only victims of head injury. I aver that Americans have had their hearts and souls and minds assaulted for years, and the attacks just keep increasing. No one knows in what context head injury produces the entity known […]

Partners encourage community support of child health

Celebrate Child Health Week   The Knox County Health Department (KCHD), TennCare Kids and a host of community partners are planning activities to observe Child Health Week, Oct. 1-7, 2017. In honor of Child Health Day, first proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, the State of Tennessee designates a week in October every year […]

Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Where can you find an antique tractor parade, a feed bag toss, a skillet toss and a pumpkin seed spitting contest? How about music, vendors and local authors? The Union County Heritage Festival is a one-day event Saturday, October 7 at Wilson Park in Maynardville. There’s the Heritage Olympics, a “longest […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

By Ray Hill Tennessee had been staunchly for Woodrow Wilson, both in his 1912 campaign for the presidency and his 1916 reelection campaign. Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had been a fervent admirer of President Wilson as a member of the House of Representatives and if anything, his admiration grew as a […]

Fulton Routs Carter on Homecoming

PHOTO BY LEXIE GILLAND / FUL.COM Carter High's Quez Witherspoon is stopped in his tracks by Fulton's Josh Jones in the Falcons' 47-11 win Friday night at Bob Black Field.

Fulton Routs Carter on Homecoming

By David Klein Despite four turnovers, the Fulton Falcons dominated the visiting Carter Hornets on homecoming night at Fulton. Falcons’ quarterback Xavier Malone threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Dorian Williamson scored three touchdowns in a 47-11 victory. Fulton dominated the first quarter. Taking advantage of a Hornet fumble, Malone threw […]

Visiting Historic Bulls Gap

Visiting Historic Bulls Gap

Want a visit to the past? Interested in ghost towns or almost ghost towns? Probably no place in our region is more typical of small, 1880s era towns than Bulls Gap in southern Hawkins County. Located between Morristown and Greeneville the little town began before the railroad but bloomed during the heyday of the American […]

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