Publisher’s Position: Campfield bill is mean spirited

By Steve Hunley State Senator Stacey Campfield has proposed a bill cosponsored with State Representative Vance Dennis which would reduce by as much as thirty percent state assistance for those families who have a child in school who has failing grades. Campfield claims his bill is based on a similar idea in Brazil, of all […]

A Shift in Focus

By Richie Beeler One of the greatest privileges of my life was afforded me eight years ago by my longtime friend and mentor, Steve Hunley. I was offered the job of starting a sports section in a fledgling newspaper called the Fountain City Focus. That meeting essentially began my career as a columnist. I covered […]

Focus on the Law: Business Associations in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg If you are considering forming a new business, there are many things to consider.  Here are some highlights of the major forms of business associations in Tennessee.  The most familiar to many of us is the sole proprietorship.  This is how most small businesses start out. One person owns the firm and […]

Senator Nathan L. Bachman

Senator Nathan L. Bachman

By Ray Hill Nathan L. Bachman is little remembered today, but was a highly regarded jurist and a popular United States Senator from Tennessee. Bachman was born August 2, 1878 into a prominent family.  He attended at least three colleges before setting out to earn a law degree.  Bachman went to the University of Tennessee […]

Former Central point guard could give Vols some pizzazz

By Steve Williams There were times this basketball season when Tennessee Vols fans were either complaining or yawning or doing both. That old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” was being put to a test, and head coach Cuonzo Martin’s style of play was being seriously questioned. A 37-36 loss […]

Fulton spoils Old Man Winter’s shutout bid

Fulton spoils Old Man Winter’s shutout bid

By Steve Williams The calendar may have said “spring break,” but Old Man Winter wasn’t ready to be benched last week. He could go another inning or two. As a result, a lot of games involving Knox County high school baseball and softball teams were postponed or canceled because of snow or cold weather on […]

Senator Ross Bass Part 2

Senator Ross Bass Part 2

By Ray Hill Congressman Ross Bass and Governor Frank Clement were fighting a close race for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1964 to complete the remaining two years of the late Estes Kefauver’s term.  While there had been few real differences between the two leading candidates for the nomination, the race […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Groucho Marx once quipped, “These are my principles; and if you don’t like these, I have others.”  I started thinking about this old joke as I picked up a penny in the Kroger parking lot.  My wife thinks I’m crazy, but I like to go to the grocery and she encourages […]

Momentum in Tennessee’s Favor?

By Alex Norman Ever since the start of the 2008 season, the positive moments have been few and far between for the Tennessee football program. They are on their fourth head coach. Their record stands at 28-34. The Vols haven’t won a bowl game. Tennessee lost a game because they had 13 players on the […]