The Agony of Defeat

By Alex Norman “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully As I watched the end to the final (thank you baby Jesus) BCS National Championship game, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for fans of the Auburn Tigers. Their team had a 21-3 advantage late in the first half, gave that up […]

A Day Away: Old theatre reveals keep-sakes

By Mike Steely Last week’s huge Ninth Annual Advertising Auction at Fountain City Auction inspired me to go dig out some old promotional buttons or pins I found years ago in an abandoned theater. The place is long gone now, but back 30 years or so the building was still there and was used as […]

Genetic Snippets

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve heard it said that in retirement you work even harder.  I’m not convinced of this yet, but it is different. As my readers know, I’ve left my traditional medical practice and “retired from Summit Medical Group.”  It was a big decision for me, and my patients. When my partners and […]

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

By Ray Hill The lives of presidents and kings are usually equally celebrated or condemned, yet Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains one of the most iconic of American presidents to this day.  During his lifetime as president, just about every aspect of Roosevelt’s life was avidly followed by millions of people and in 1940, a new […]

Governor Ben W. Hooper

Governor Ben W. Hooper

By Ray Hill For years, Ben W. Hooper was the most successful Republican politician in the state of Tennessee, if the measure was the ability to win a statewide election.  A fiery and dynamic speaker, Hooper was a successful lawyer, yet he had overcome serious adversity to rise to prominence. In fact, he came into […]

What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the Bag?

By Ralphine Major It had buttons for its eyes and a red felt tongue. The little blue and white teddy bear has survived years of house cleanings. When other keepsakes were eventually discarded, the little blue bear always found its way back into our home and my heart. It was one of my Christmas gifts […]

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

By Steve Williams Dear Santa, I guess it was one day last spring when I walked into The Knoxville Focus office and saw this cute little black puppy. At first, I thought she belonged to Rose King, who is in charge of our office and classifieds and a hundred and one other things at The […]

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

By Steve Hunley I think the thing I like least in any human being is hypocrisy. I don’t doubt for a moment my attitude is uncommon. It seems to me most people really dislike hypocrisy, especially in our public officials. It is increasingly apparent that there is a huge double standard in our media in […]