Publisher’s Position: Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News-Sentinel has just released a new poll sponsored by its political partner, the local Chamber of Commerce.  Not surprisingly, this poll claims that after polling 900 registered voters, that a majority would gladly pay more taxes if it all went to education.  Bull. When The Focus started a weekly poll, […]

Rhuematism

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I get as frustrated as anyone else when I hear that our government has given some researcher precious resources to study the mating preferences of fruit flies or build robot squirrels; I didn’t make these up.  And there are hundreds of even more wasteful programs.  For the last three years Senator […]

Gerald Riggs Jr.’s mindset

By Alex Norman Former Vols running back Gerald Riggs Jr. is preparing for another season in professional football. This winter he’s been working out with former Vols strength and conditioning coach Johnny Long. Riggs has also been seen honing his craft at the University of Tennessee football complex. When you examine what Riggs has dealt […]

It’s a good day to reflect on being No. 1 in basketball

By Steve Williams Today, February 25th, is the 5-year anniversary of the University of Tennessee being ranked No. 1 in the nation in men’s basketball. What a day that was! The Vols were on top of the college basketball world, above the Dukes and North Carolinas and UCLAs and Indianas and all of the grand […]

The ‘64-’65 Victorious Eagles

By Ralphine Major There were only four teams left on the list:  Livingston Academy, Murfreesboro, Memphis Treadwell, and Gibbs of Knox County in East Tennessee.  These were the names of the schools in the State of Tennessee whose basketball teams were still undefeated. It was around Christmas time during the 1964-65 school year.  Bob Dagley […]

Washington and Lincoln still the gold standard

By Richie Beeler Another Presidents Day came and went last week. It did so with little fanfare. I have often commented that Presidents Day is probably the government holiday when the fewest other people are off. Still, the day marks a very appropriate time of appreciation for the 43 men who have held the highest […]

Ideology or Leadership

By Joe Rector I love the state of Tennessee and give it my full loyalty. However, my patience with ignorance has ended, and that means I am fed up with moronic acts by our state government’s elected representatives. A recent article in the paper profiled infamous Stacey Campfield and how he keeps winning elections. The […]

Focus on the Law: Tips for Landlords

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In my law practice, I have represented both tenants and landlords in negotiating contracts and litigating disputes arising from contracts. This week I would like to focus on tips to prevent common mistakes made on the landlord side of a lease transaction. First, you will need a written rental […]

Hill McAlister of Tennessee

Hill McAlister of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Hill McAlister was governor of Tennessee during one of the most difficult times in our state’s history; McAlister was chief executive of the Volunteer State during the Great Depression. Born July 15, 1875, McAlister was the son of a local judge and attorney and enjoyed a reasonably comfortable upbringing.  He attended Vanderbilt […]