Enjoying the Snow

By Ralphine Major It can often provide a time of quiet reflection—the first snowfall of winter.  The sight of snowflakes drifting aimlessly to the ground creates a sense of wonder for all ages.  Its presence slows the pace of ordinary days and brings a beauty to the barren land.  A single snowflake is barely noticed; […]

Neurotheology

By Dr. Jim Ferguson This week marks my 400th essay for The Knoxville Focus. One might consider this as a milestone and invoke special verbiage. However, what’s on my mind is a topic relevant in all circumstances. During my recent illness family, friends and fellow parishioners often said they were thinking and praying for me […]

Tennessee connections (again) at the Super Bowl

By Alex Norman Well, here we go again… Despite a recent run of futility that only now seems to be ending after eight long years in the college football abyss, the Tennessee Vols are going to be represented in the Super Bowl for the 24th time in the past 25 seasons. In fact, there are […]

Super Bowl stuff and a little basketball on the side

By Steve Williams Holly Warlick has lost more basketball games than she wanted to this season, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. In the middle of an interview on the Lady Vol Illustrated radio show last week, the night after another turnover-riddled showing by her team at Kentucky, Coach Warlick sneezed right on […]

Revisiting Bearden

Revisiting Bearden

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are new to Knoxville you’ve probably familiar with Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike, the one-in-the-same street that runs from downtown all the way to Farragut and on to Loudon County. Driving west from downtown, past the churches and stately homes in the Sequoyah Hills  neighborhood, you’ll enter Bearden as […]

Arthur Capper of Kansas

Arthur Capper of Kansas

By Ray Hill “If you trust the people, they will trust you.” Arthur Capper Before there was Bob Dole, there was Arthur Capper. Capper was the most successful politician in Kansas for decades. Of the many campaigns he waged, he lost only one. He served two terms as governor and served in the United States […]

Lady Vols’ season is shaky, but Holly has time to make some changes

By Steve Williams The Tennessee Lady Vols are wobbling, but there’s still time to make them stronger for a post-season run. Coach Holly Warlick just needs to do some tweaking. With 11 games remaining before the SEC tourney, here are my recommendations: Work the ball inside more to 6-2 senior Bashaara Graves. After all, she’s […]

Recruiting Remains a Cesspool

By Alex Norman The stories are as bad as we think. Coaches willing to break NCAA rules to woo a recruit to their university.  The NCAA and their member institutions turning a blind eye because the unpaid labor brings in billions.  College athletics has never been more popular or more profitable, and it’s becoming harder […]

Uppers and downers

By Rosie Moore Lets start with the downers first. I thought I was the only one who started the year 2016 on the wrong note but as I glanced in the newspaper each day I noticed that many other people were leaving us, most of them from that horrible big “C.” Glenn Frey, who with […]

Ashley’s Gift II

It was awesome to see a teenager holding a hymnbook in today’s high-tech world!  Last week’s column featured young Ashley Boruff in a photo taken by her mother, Candy, during recording.  I knew there must be some hymns on her new CD.  There are!  “The CD has a little bit of gospel, bluegrass, and contemporary,” […]

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