When the Event Means More than the Game

By Alex Norman These days it is all the rage in the National Hockey League to play outdoors.  This year alone, five games will have been played without a roof.  In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, The Bronx, New York and Chicago, Illinois, huge crowds have shown up or will show up. Not because […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Four

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Four

By Ray Hill By 1946 Estes Kefauver had been in Congress for seven years and was contemplating a race against Tennessee’s most powerful political figure, United States Senator Kenneth D. McKellar.  Although little known outside his own Congressional district, Kefauver was relatively young and energetic while Senator McKellar was seventy-seven years old and slowing down.  […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Three

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Three

By Ray Hill Estes Kefauver had started out his political life allied to the ruling faction in Tennessee politics; that of senior Senator Kenneth D. McKellar and E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine.  With his election to Congress in 1939, Kefauver began to drift away from his political moorings.  When the […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part V): Life after basketball

By Ralphine Major The coach gave his player a piece of advice: “There is life after basketball.” Tommy Everette, the tall center who played on the successful 1964-65 Gibbs basketball team, remembered the comment made by his high school coach, Bob Dagley. Everette became a college All-American and had an outstanding basketball career at Carson-Newman. […]

I’m Worried About October 25th, 2014

By Alex Norman Not going to lie to you, the good readers of The Knoxville Focus… I’m concerned about what is going to happen at Neyland Stadium on October 25th, 2014. As you certainly have heard by now, former Vols coach Lane Kiffin has been hired by Nick Saban to be the new Alabama Offensive […]

Cuonzo isn’t only UT coach with work to do

By Steve Williams Increasing speculation that Bruce Pearl could again be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee is a hot topic at the water cooler these days. I first wrote about it 10 months ago after Cuonzo Martin’s Vols lost to Alabama in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament […]

Living Trusts

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law A trust is a right of property held by one party for the benefit of another. This can include real property as well as personal property. The trustee holds the title to the property for the benefit of another person, the designated beneficiary. The trustee has financial duties and […]

Talents

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I don’t believe people go to a concert as an intellectual exercise.  We go to experience the joy of live music.  There’s something about a live performance that may be akin to home cooking.  Both are extemporaneous and a bit unpredictable.  My wife, Becky, is a wonderful cook.  However, we still […]

About Books

By Rosie Moore This is written on the flyleaf  of John Grisham’s newest book, “Sycamore Row”: “Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new handwritten will. It’s an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, […]

Axing my favorites

By Joe Rector Maybe it’s that I am more often grumpy these day, or perhaps it’s that I am more observant of the things that occur. Just maybe it’s because the filter that set a five-second delay between my thinking and saying things is gone. Whatever it is, I’ve discovered that some things just raise […]