Focus on the Law: Givers Beware!

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law After counting our many blessings over the Thanksgiving holidays, most of us feel motivated to share our good fortune with others.  This is especially true over the next few weeks of the Christmas holiday season.  There are numerous opportunities to share our time and our talents.  But how do […]

A champion in life

By Rosie Moore I always hold my breath when I see those Olympic ice skaters do their intricate steps on ice. Especially did I hold my breath in 1984, when Scott Hamilton won the gold medal. Scott was born on August 29, 1955 in Toledo, Ohio but was adopted by college instructors Dorothy and Ernie […]

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

By Steve Hunley Teachers, parents and students turned out in force at the most recent meeting of the Knox County Board of Education. For months The Knoxville Focus has been telling readers about the ties between Superintendent James McIntyre, the do-nothing Chamber of Commerce and local news media outlets. Evidently, WBIR-TV news reporters had done […]

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Senator Albert Gore was campaigning hard for a fourth term in 1970. Gore had fended off a determined challenge in the Democratic primary from Governor Buford Ellington’s former press secretary, Hudley Crockett. Senator Gore’s opposition to the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon had made him a target in the 1970 elections […]

Being Lincolns

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A suggestion from his grandson prompted Thomas Wright to become Abraham Lincoln. Or at least take on the Lincoln character. And now the Oak Ridge man, who is a facility supervisor for an engineering and construction company, portrays Mr. Lincoln at special events, in schools, and just about anywhere he’s asked. […]

Focus on the Law: Voter Identification Act

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court upheld a voter identification law passed in Indiana requiring voters at the polls to present either a United States-issued or an Indiana-issued form of photo identification to vote.  The case was Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008) where the plaintiff challenged the law’s constitutionality […]

Giving thanks for the little things

By Rosie Moore Well, the turkey is almost gone, and the mashed potatoes and gravy are practically demolished. Our day of thanks is over–too quickly, it seems. The usual thankful prayers have been uttered–thanks for family and friends and good food, thanks for the helpers who had forgone family and friends for a little while […]

Let there be heat

By Joe Rector Over the weekend Amy dispatched me to purchase a quartz heater. Its purpose is to knock off the chill in our family room. At one time in life, I might have objected because heaters smothered me and had me taking off layers of clothes. Things are different these days because I sit […]

A Birthday Celebration

By Ralphine Major It was well underway when we arrived. With the hillside full of cars, it had the look and feel of a tailgating event—especially since the University of Tennessee was hosting the University of Georgia. Some guests were coming outdoors to eat. Others were just inside where the tasty barbeque and all the […]

Penance

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I hope that Thomas Paine will not be offended as I paraphrase his immortal words, “These are the times that try men’s [waistbands].” The Thanksgiving cornucopia is past, but the Holiday Season has just begun and the pounds must be addressed if we are to button our slacks and zip our […]