Christmas Around The World

By Rosie Moore The United States is not the only country that celebrates Christmas as we well know. It is celebrated in almost every country in the world. I can’t list them all in this column, but let’s take a look at a couple of them. One of the most important ways to celebrate Christmas […]

The Proud, the Brave, the Prestigious

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Over the course of two nights, fifty individuals achieved the honor to wear the badge that allows them to be called a firefighter.  On Tuesday, December 8, eighteen members of the Rural Metro firefighter training class took their oath at the Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville. The administration of oath was […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate, Part II

By Ray Hill When 1934 began, Harry S. Truman had been a deeply disappointed man. He faced political oblivion. By all accounts, Truman had been one of the very few honest public servants in Jackson County, Missouri. On occasion, he had been able to buck Boss Tom Pendergast who ruled Kansas City like a potentate. […]

Renewal or Extension, It’s Still A Million Dollars

By Sally Absher The Board of Education Special Call meeting last week to discuss Dr. McIntyre’s contract extension/renewal (the Law Department still isn’t quite sure which term is correct) got off to a rough start almost immediately. Amber Rountree made a motion to delay discussion and action on the contract for a minimum of 30 […]

Flour sacks for clothes

By Rosie Moore My grandmother was a skilled seamstress who worked for the now defunct department store, Watt & Shand, for twenty years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She made mine and my sisters’ dresses from the time we were tots till around the third of fourth grade. No one could tell they were homemade, she was […]

Singing ‘Kumbaya’ at December Board of Education Meeting

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education took up several potentially controversial topics at last Wednesday’s December Regular Board meeting, including  a recommendation regarding inclusion of high school EOC scores in final student grades, a proposal of Emerald Charter School to revise their enrollment plan, and a resolution regarding TN Ready […]

Facades

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Friends invited Becky and me to the recent UT-Vandy game. It had been several years since our last visit to Neyland Stadium. Becky and I are both graduates of UT, and she was a cheerleader! Both of us still cheer for our Vols, and when they win it’s good for the […]

The Best Gift

By Ralphine Major Signs of the season are everywhere, not only in decorations but in the kindness of strangers in everyday life.  Each courteous act brings to life the songs of Elvis and Alan Jackson urging that we carry the Christmas spirit with us every day.  The blend of pine cones and poinsettias with pumpkins […]

Brotherly Projects

By Joe Rector Thanksgiving weekend offered most of us the chance to sit back, kick our feet up, and spend the time watching football, eating leftovers, and taking naps. However, that’s not the Rector way. Jim and I had jobs to do and set out to complete the “to-do” list before the work week began. […]

Peterman, former Vol QB, makes remarkable turnaround at Pitt

By Steve Williams I thought Nathan Peterman was the worst starting quarterback to play for the University of Tennessee since the Vols switched from the old single wing to the T formation in the mid-1960s. That opinion began soon after Butch Jones started Peterman instead of Justin Worley against Florida at the Swamp in 2013. […]

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