Holiday wishes for our readers

Holiday wishes for our readers

By Steve Hunley The time between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays should be cause for reflection. Certainly, both are wonderful occasions where we celebrate with our family and cherished friends. It also ought to be a time where we reflect upon and think about other things as well. For instance, those family members and dear […]

President George Bush – An American Life

President George Bush – An American Life

By Steve Hunley   The passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush reminds me of what a uniquely American life he led.  Part of what has rightly been called “the greatest generation” by author David Halberstam, George Bush grew up in a privileged family – – – his father Prescott was a wealthy businessman […]

Farewell Senator Ben Atchley

Farewell Senator Ben Atchley

By Steve Hunley The Focus carries a special remembrance of Ben Atchley, who passed away last week.  It is a reminder to us all of a different time in the political landscape of Knox County of how a truly good man prospered in the turmoil of Tennessee politics. Ben Atchley exemplified integrity and character throughout […]

Election of Lee, Blackburn historic

Election of Lee, Blackburn historic

By Steve Hunley The recent midterm election in Tennessee was historic.  I double checked my facts and Bill Lee is the first Republican governor-elect to take over from a member of his own party since 1869. Since 1970’s election of Republican Winfield Dunn, Tennesseans have gone back and forth between electing Republican and Democrat governors.  […]

Pension Decision Raises Bigger Questions

Pension Decision Raises Bigger Questions

By Steve Hunley The decision issued by Chancellor John Weaver regarding the lawsuit about pensions raises some bigger issues that will certainly confront the county for quite sometime to come.  In essence, Chancellor Weaver’s opinion focused upon one question: does the county mayor and county commission have the right to settle lawsuits involving the county.  […]

Enough is Enough: Kavanaugh Circus Must End

Enough is Enough: Kavanaugh Circus Must End

By Steve Hunley Any reasonable person would have to conclude the hearings on the nomination for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court is nothing less than a circus. Kavanaugh should have been confirmed by now but for the last-minute accusation made by Christine Blasey Ford, which deserves considerable scrutiny. The […]

Hazing should be illegal

Hazing should be illegal

By Steve Hunley There is no plainer way to put it; quite simply hazing should be illegal.  A recent reminder was the filing of a lawsuit by a former Florida State University student who claims he sustained a brain injury while being forced to participate in a hazing ritual.  That particular ritual was called the […]

Kavanaugh Hearing A Circus – As Expected

Kavanaugh Hearing A Circus – As Expected

By Steve Hunley Nobody can be surprised the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a lurid circus, highlighted by hysterical people attempting to disrupt the proceedings.  Photographs of protesters being dragged out of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing room show individuals whose features are twisted with mindless hate.  Chuck Grassley, the senator from […]

Bill Lee vs. Karl Dean

Bill Lee vs. Karl Dean

  By Steve Hunley Republican Bill Lee will face off with Democrat Karl Dean to serve as Tennessee’s next governor in the November general election.  Lee and Dean are both leaders with very different backgrounds.  Lee has never run for political office before and was the upset winner of the Republican primary, beating Congresswoman Diane […]

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