Awakening

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a science fiction fan, and one of the classics is Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune.” It’s a tome of a book, but there’s an abbreviated movie version that remains true to the story. A pivotal scene occurs when the protagonist, Paul, awakens to discover who he is and cries heavenward, “Father, […]

Sam Houston comes home

Sam Houston comes home

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been said that if it wasn’t for Tennessee there would be no Texas. That saying refers to  the influx of people from our state to what was then the northern territory of Mexico and the number of those people who promoted and fought the Texas Revolution. East Texas even […]

Food truck rules may be opposed

Food truck rules may be opposed

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s two-year pilot project to allow and regulate food trucks is on the way to becoming an official ordinance and, overall, the trial program has been very successful. But the Community Forum has some hard questions about parts of the proposed rules. The ordinance discussion is on the city council […]

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Tennessee, like every other state in the union, had been devastated by the Great Depression. The suffering in Tennessee was accentuated by the fact almost seven million dollars in state money had been lost when Caldwell and Company, one of the largest banking enterprises in the South, collapsed. That had caused Governor […]

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

Photo By Dan Andrews Commissioner Mike Brown being interviewed by Mike Steely. The retiring commissioner and community leader says he has lots to keep him busy after he leaves the commission.

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Mike Brown is known as being the “bulldog” of the Knox County Commission due to his eight years of speaking his mind as commissioner. His words are often colored with unique, descriptive and folksy phrasing that gets his point across. “I believe in telling it like it is,” Brown told The […]

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Jonathan "Turtle" Byrd (left) and Matt Byrd look over lineups before giving them to umpire Tom Ouimet prior to the second game between Giles County and Central.last week. The two brothers shook hands and gave each other a hug before heading back to their respective dugouts.

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

By Steve Williams Charlie Byrd introduced his sons to the game of baseball years ago. He coached them and watched them play in many games. But what his eyes saw on a beautiful early spring afternoon last week was a first. Matt and Jonathan “Turtle” Byrd were on opposite sides as head coaches of Central […]

Paradoxes

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A simple definition of a paradox is a contradiction. I’ve been thinking about this during what is paradoxically called Spring Break. It may be a break for students and perhaps for teachers and parents, but it is not a break for these grandparents. The term is a contradiction for Becky and […]

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

By Rosie Moore When my children were youngsters in elementary school, they would hurry home to watch TV. They didn’t watch  Lost In Space, The Twilight Zone, Hogan’s Heroes, or Gunsmoke. They watched a program for children narrated by a laid-back, soft-spoken Pennsylvanian named Fred Rogers. His episodes would always start the same way. He […]

Music is Vital

By Joe Rector I went to visit Farragut High School on Thursday afternoon a couple of weeks ago for a concert band festival. My brother Jim, who is helping the band in Lenoir City, asked me to drop by so the kids could see his twin. A prior engagement prevented me from staying to listen […]

The Chalk Board for March 21, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s Budget Time for the Board of Education The Knox County Board of Education will hold its mid-month work session on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 pm in the Boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building (912  Gay Street). This month’s mid-month meeting will focus on discussion of the […]

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