Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

  By Ray Hill Albert Gore’s Congressional district had been eliminated in the redistricting following the 1950 election. Gore was unconcerned as he had something bigger in mind; he was determined to run for the United States Senate seat held by Kenneth D. McKellar. K. D. McKellar remains to this day Tennessee’s longest serving United […]

The Fallen

By Dr. Jim Ferguson They say that people look like their dogs.  That’s obviously an over statement, but I have to admit I’ve occasionally noticed some resemblance in folks who walk their dogs in the neighborhood.  For a long time I’ve observed that a doctor’s medical practice is a reflection of his attitude and care.  […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Growing up, they were neighbors. They played on the Gibbs High School basketball team and walked home together after practice every day. For David Widner and Tommy Everette, home was in the Ritta Community. Widner has appeared in earlier Focus columns. Everette played center for Coach Bob Dagley. The coach recalls the […]

The Patience of Bruce Pearl

By Alex Norman Bruce Pearl is waiting… just as he has been since March of 2011, when he was relieved of his duties as Tennessee men’s basketball coach. In August of that same year, the NCAA slapped a three-year show-cause penalty on Pearl, stemming from recruiting violations in the now famous “Aaron Craft BBQ” saga.  […]

Rosie’s World: A Little Bit of Funny

By Rosie Moore How many of you remember “Calvin and Hobbes”? I imagine quite a few of you do, especially those who had children who enjoyed their antics when they were young. A comic strip about a boy and his imaginary friend, it was created by Bill Watterson. He was born July 5, 1958 in Washington, D.C […]

A Day Away: Tennessee’s Second Governor

By Mike Steely How does history treat you when you are second at something? Poor Archibald Roane, Tennessee’s second governor, might be able to tell you. Who can follow up John Sevier? Roane could, but he only with one term. Sevier had been elected and reelected and could not run for a 4th term when […]

Crunching Gravels

By Joe Rector It’s those sounds from childhood that stay with us for a lifetime. Even when every curtain in the house was pulled and the only light on in the house was the one in the bathroom, we boys knew when Daddy came home. It was that sound of white gravels in the driveway […]

Focus on the Law: Foster Care Overhaul in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In 2000, a federal class action lawsuit known as the Brian A. Case was filed in Nashville on behalf of all children in state custody.  At that time the number of children in the custody of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was more than 9,000.  The lawsuit alleged […]

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel does nothing better than pontificate, telling us all what we ought to think. The Sentinel recently pontificated on the glorious news the Chamber of Commerce is banging away and steadily improving our local economy almost singlehandedly. Of course Patrick Birmingham, the publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel, also […]

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Congressman Albert Gore’s independent streak had not set well with President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was not one to value independence in a legislator and tended to have a vindictive streak. As World War II raged on, there were rumblings that Gore would draw a serious opponent inside the Fourth Congressional district. One […]