By Joe Rector The Christmas trees have been taken down; ornaments and other decorations are once again safe in boxes and bins. Supplies of fireworks are expended, and the remnants of them have been removed from yards and streets. The holiday season is finished, and for many folks, that end couldn’t have come soon enough. […]


By Ralphine Major It is definitely winter!  Much of the nation—including the South—has seen frigid temperatures the last few days.  Even some parts of the Southeast which seldom see snow, such as Georgia and Florida, are experiencing record snowfalls.  Many schools are closed, as children can be seen sledding, throwing snowballs, and building snowmen.  Some […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson They say Christmas is for children, and I would agree, unless being around kids at Christmas makes you younger at heart. I have four grandchildren ages fourteen to one year old. The teenager is in a “galaxy far, far away,” and a bit too cool for Christmas morning exuberance. And the […]

An 8-team College Football Playoff would be better

  By Steve Williams Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. The University of Central Florida did that last week and proclaimed its football team the 2017 national champion. The Knights had a parade in Orlando, put the “We’re No. 1” news on billboards, hung a banner in their stadium and no doubt […]

The Return of Derek Dooley

By Alex Norman It was a typical Friday night in the Norman household.  The Smith’s came over for a rousing game of pinochle and we had the meal catered by Denny’s. Then it happened. Missouri announced that Derek Dooley was their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Oh Lord take me now I’ve seen it […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 8, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for January 8, 2018

Scholars’ Bowl begins tonight on PBS By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com What happens when you have top students from area high schools competing to see who knows the most Literature, Science, Art, Math, Geography, Government, Music, Sports and History trivia? See for yourself when the East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl kicks off its 34th season tonight […]

Bias Against Trump Is Real

Bias Against Trump Is Real

By Steve Hunley   The basic sense of fair play has to be chaffing a great many Americans, as it is more and more obvious the mainstream media is simply not going to give President Donald Trump anything even resembling fair treatment.  Former President Jimmy Carter told the New York Times, “I think the media […]

Freezing weather draws homeless to KARM

Freezing weather draws homeless to KARM

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Last week’s below freezing weather played havoc with the homeless in Knoxville and strained the resources of the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission. The Broadway KARM center reported that about 360 people sought overnight shelter there on Wednesday. The mission has some needs but is stressing that it’s open and welcoming […]

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