Publisher’s Position: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… Your Terrorists

By Steve Hunley The question of whether or not America should take in 10,000 Syrian refugees has caught fire with, at last count, 31 governors telling Washington their states don’t want to accept any further refugees.  Considering the recent deliberate slaughter of innocents in Paris, we already have knee jerk reactions from both the far […]

Frustration, Anger Rule the Campaign Season

By Steve Hunley The two campaigns drawing the biggest crowds as the presidential primaries approach are still Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  The establishment in both parties is desperately trying to circle the wagons and figure out just what the heck is going on.  The answer is very simple: folks are just plain fed up, […]

Publisher’s Position: Fred Thompson, Tennessean

By Steve Hunley The passing of former U. S. senator Fred Dalton Thompson last week was a sad day for Tennesseans. Few people have accomplished as much in a single lifetime as Fred Thompson – – – lawyer, actor, and politician.  Senator Lamar Alexander referred to Thompson’s “pizzazz,” but the former senator had something far […]

Regal Deal Good For Knoxville…And Knox County

By Steve Hunley Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett deserve commendation for putting together the deal to have Regal Entertainment Group move its headquarters to downtown Knoxville.  Governor Haslam deserves credit for having the state do its part as well.  Congratulations should also be extended to Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, as the new headquarters will […]

Let’s Make A Deal…With Iran?

By Steve Hunley There’s been a lot written and said about the proposed deal with the government of Iran.  Clearly, this particular deal is going to have serious repercussions for decades to come.  It is also clear there aren’t enough votes in the U. S. Senate to override President Obama’s expected veto of the Republican-sponsored […]

Publisher’s Position: Non-profit Politics

By Steve Hunley If anything in this town epitomizes the establishment, it is Leadership Knoxville.  Ostensibly an organization to indoctrinate those deemed worthy enough to be invited to participate on government, process and politics.  For a few years now, Leadership Knoxville has held a school for candidates. For a mere $50, prospective candidates got lunch […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 5, 2015

Congratulations Mayor Rogero! By Steve Hunley   Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero made history by becoming the first woman to be elected to serve as the city’s chief executive.  In fact, Madeline Rogero was the first woman ever to be elected as mayor of one of Tennessee’s four big cities.  Nashville has just elected their first […]

Publisher’s Position: The Tree of Greed Continues to Grow

By Steve Hunley Some people have some perception of welfare; more often than not we think about some collecting benefits, pumping out children, and not working. There is a debate raging presently just how much our government spends currently on all welfare-related programs. Some people say it is as much as a trillion dollars. Others […]