Communication

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Communication is a delicate art, and unfortunately, too often taken for granted. Do words adequately convey our thoughts? You can read my words, but they are, at best, a reflection of my thoughts. Plato’s illusion of the cave comes to mind. Direct conversation is better than the written word because the […]

Vols at SEC Media Days

By Alex Norman It is the unofficial start of college football season… the return of SEC Media Days to the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. It is a people-watching paradise, especially the hundreds of Alabama fans that converge on the small lobby of the hotel, standing around for hours just for a glimpse of their […]

What is it?

By Ralphine Major At first glance, it is difficult to see where the picture begins or ends. The black and white ball of fur on a bed of leaves shows a glimpse of nature few people would ever stumble across. The rare photo was taken by Caroline McGinnis and shared with me by her father-in-law, […]

Books and Movies

By Rosie Moore I don’t go to movies any more but I do watch them on TV and it’s surprising how many wonderful movies are derived from wonderful books. Alas, so many movies today are full of violence, murder, and mayhem, with just a sprinkling of love thrown in sometimes. I am now reading “The […]

Ridiculous Behavior

By Joe Rector Well, it appears that July 4th fireworks took on a new meaning in Lonsdale. Officers were attacked when they tried to stop individuals who thought firing the explosives at cars passing by would be more entertaining. According to reports, the fireworks weren’t the traditional firecrackers or sparklers or even cherry bombs. These […]

What Does it Actually Mean to Be Publicly Intoxicated?

By Jed McKeehan So you may have heard the term, “public intoxication.” As many bars and restaurants there are in the world, it can be surprising that its actually a crime to be intoxicated in a public place. I thought these places were trying to make me intoxicated! Unfortunately, it is a crime, a Class […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, July 17, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank you UT Veterinary Medical Center By Steve Hunley publisher@knoxfocus.com If like me, you have a pet you realize that precious creature is a part of the family. Regular readers of The Focus will recall the frequent mentions of my little Jack Russell terrier, Opie. From the time I saw him, I instantly bonded with […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, I

When Two Congressmen Collide, I

By Ray Hill Every ten years legislative and Congressional districts must undergo some changes; redistricting always poses a danger to incumbents.  It is not uncommon for a sitting congressman to run for higher office when faced with the elimination of his district.  Congressman Albert Gore’s district was carved up in 1952, but he was already […]

What Happened?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Like many other Americans, Becky and I celebrated the birthday of our country last Tuesday. Unfortunately, a lot did not, if you believe the latest Fox News poll which found that 45% of Americans are not proud of our country. And not surprisingly, this fell along political lines. Perhaps, because I […]

Hey John! Keep up the good work and Go Big Orange!

By Steve Williams It’s time to take a look at John Currie’s first 100 days as the University of Tennessee’s new athletics director. I like him … so far. And I was pulling for Phillip Fulmer and/or David Blackburn to get the gig. Kudos to UT-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport on her selection, even if Currie […]

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