How do we get allergies?

By Rosie Moore After a few months of sniffling, itching, and sneezing, I finally went to an allergist. What he told me after going through some needle-ing tests, amazed me. I was allergic to weeds, some trees and mold. What! Me! Allergic to Mother Nature, whom I love with all my heart? I have two […]

Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, I’ve considered leaving my column at The Knoxville Focus. I’ve written weekly essays for ten years, but that’s not the issue. I ask myself, “What does it matter?” Maybe it doesn’t, but my sense of  duty is to “man-up” even if that verbiage is threatening to some college kids and […]

When it came down to making one more play, Butch muffed it

Butch Jones should have gone for two! Sorry, I can’t let it go. If he had, I really believe Tennessee would have made it and beaten Texas A&M in regulation. Then that 49-10 loss to Alabama would have been a little easier to swallow. Then we would be 3-1 in SEC play going into this […]

Obama Edict to Affect Testing in Schools

Obama Edict to Affect Testing in Schools

By Steve Hunley For those teachers who have rallied around Board of Education member Amber Rountree’s resolution urging that the State of Tennessee issue a waiver for the TN Ready scores, the recent edict from the Obama administration must have been a blow.  Rountree is proposing a resolution asking that the State of Tennessee not […]

Apple Festival draws thousands

Apple Festival draws thousands

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It was the 38th annual Apple Festival at the Washington Presbyterian Church in Corryton and this year’s  event drew thousands of people. Held behind the historic cemetery of the church, which was founded in 1802, the festival featured everything from Bar-B-Que pork ribs and a children’s scavenger hunt to apple butter […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Three

Senator Howard Baker, Part Three

By Ray Hill In the fall of 1966, Republican Howard Baker kicked off his general election campaign for the United States Senate. He faced Democrat Governor Frank Clement in November, one of the most popular and experienced campaigners in Tennessee for the last decade. Since 1953, Frank Clement had served as Tennessee’s governor for all […]

Kelly looks to return from injury for Tusculum

Kelly looks to return from injury for Tusculum

By Ken Lay The last few weeks haven’t been easy for Tusculum College senior soccer player Lindsey Kelly. Kelly, a 2013 Karns High School graduate, had high hopes for her senior year in Greeneville. But those aspirations had to take a back seat when she broke her leg and possibly ended her season and her […]

‘Mobbatron’ leads way for Fulton on Senior Night, 44-3

PHOTO BY LEXIE GILLAND Fulton High running back Chaton Mobley, with West's K.J. Jefferson (3) and William Savoy (right) in pursuit, is off to the races on Senior Night. The MTSU commitment scored a touchdown on offense and defense in the Falcons' 44-3 win over the Rebels.

‘Mobbatron’ leads way for Fulton on Senior Night, 44-3

By Steve Williams It might have been his last game on Bob Black Field and he left Fulton High fans something to remember him by on offense and defense. Chaton Mobley, nicknamed “Mobbatron,” scored on both sides of the ball Friday to lead the Falcons to a convincing 44-3 win over West on Senior Night. […]

Appalachian Basketry to be next Appalachian Studies Program at Blount County Public Library

Appalachian Basketry to be next Appalachian Studies Program at Blount County Public Library

“Appalachian Basketry” will be the next presentation in the Southern Appalachian Studies Series at the Blount County Public Library. While the age-old craft of basketry can be traced back to Biblical times, this program will feature a demonstration of basic basket-making techniques and discussion of the importance of baskets in Appalachia including basket types, uses, […]

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