The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

  By Ray Hill In 1920, Tennessee had done the unthinkable and gone Republican.  Not only had GOP presidential nominee Warren Harding carried Tennessee, but the Volunteer State with women newly enfranchised to vote, had elected a Republican governor, Alf Taylor.  The Republicans had also picked up three congressional seats, ousting veteran Democratic congressmen Cordell […]

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

By Ralphine Major I knew that it would only be a matter of time before Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, would be riding a horse in a western adventure as Wayne has always liked the cowboy way of life. “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns”—our newest book just released—is both entertaining […]

What Is a Deposition?

By Jedidiah McKeehan A deposition is one of the terms you hear quite frequently in relation to legal matters.  Depositions are something that take place in a great number of legal cases, but what exactly is a deposition? A deposition is a party (either the person being sued, or the person suing), or a witness’s […]

A prayer for Thanksgiving

By Ralphine Major Our Heavenly Father, we come into your presence with grateful hearts for the many blessings of this year. We thank you for gifts both great and small. For homes and jobs, for health and healing, and for your protection and guidance, we give you thanks. For the sight of a beautiful sunrise […]


By Joe Rector Too many students fail to complete assigned work. Heck, some of them don’t even take notes on information given either orally or written, even though they receive a grade for doing so. It’s enough to make any teacher’s blood boil. The bottom line is not enough young people are being held accountable […]

Pumpkin Season

By Rosie Moore How fortunate we are to have Autumn season, football season, and cooler weather season. Being a lover of fantastic recipes and exotic foods, I must include pumpkin season. No, the pumpkin isn’t exotic in itself, but it can be included in exotic recipes. My family didn’t eat the round pumpkins, they were […]

How to Grow Old

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a pretty good internist and even have secondary board certification in geriatrics. But, I have no experience in growing old or as I like to say growing “older.” In medicine there is a wisdom axiom which goes, “Watch one, do one, teach one.” I first encountered this philosophy when I […]

Currie could ‘Cut’ to the chase and give a UT guy the reins

By Steve Williams John Currie is in the process of making his first major hire as University of Tennessee athletics director. The task of filling UT’s vacant head coaching position could turn out to be just as easy as it once was for the Vols to beat Kentucky and Vanderbilt in football. Those good old […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Steve Hunley Here at The Knoxville Focus we are thankful for a great many things.  First and foremost we are thankful for God, family and country. The Focus continues to grow and for that we are also very thankful. For the success The Focus has had, we owe that to you, our readers.  We […]

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