What happens during mediation

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal term, “mediation.” What is it? What happens during a mediation? A mediation is an informal process that is used in a large number of lawsuits to try to settle the cases before they go to trial. When a lawsuit has been filed, but before it […]

The Promise of Easter

By Ralphine Major “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  John 10:27-28 ( KJV) It is the most important day on the calendar.  For Christians, Easter surpasses […]


By Joe Rector My two grandmothers were as different from each other as were their families. They’ve both been gone for a long time, but their memories linger. Mamaw Balch was a small woman. She bore three sons and a daughter. She was a Cureton, and as such, her approach toward life seemed to have […]

Want to visit Tennessee’s newest state park?

A DAY AWAY By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There’s a large new park in the Tennessee State Park systems and it is in East Tennessee in rural Unicoi County. As I’ve written before, my wife and I have visited every state park in Tennessee except this one and we’re planning a summer trip there. “You can’t […]

A long road trip by a longtime Volunteer fan

By Steve Williams When it comes to being a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jim Tritt doesn’t mind going the extra mile. He proved that recently. Fired up over the success of this season’s basketball team, Tritt began planning a road trip to St. Louis five days before the SEC tournament championship game was to […]

Vols/Lady Vols in the NCAA Tournament

  By Alex Norman The first day of the NCAA tournament was kind to Tennessee’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. On Thursday, March 15th, Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the 3rd seeded Vols pounded 14th seed Wright State 73-47 in Dallas. “Obviously we’re happy with the win and the fact that […]

Something Happened

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Historians were intrigued to learn that on July 4th 1776, King George wrote in his diary that “Not much happened today.” I’ll cut the King some slack because there was no internet, nor phones or even telegraph in the 18th century.  It would be months before George learned that the Revolutionary […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson These days, the prospect of spring is tantalizing. This time every year I’m glad to see February exit and begin to embrace the promise of winter’s end. Knoxville is fortunate to have four seasons. About the time we are sick of the heat of summer we have a wonderful fall; and […]

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