Talent is low, but optimism is high for Vols

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Volunteers are not going to win the national championship this season, nor will they win the SEC championship.  They won’t finish first in their division, and would be fortunate to win seven games. Just don’t tell them that… Last week new Vols head coach Butch Jones, offensive linemen Antonio “Tiny” […]

Blind Obedience

By Joe Rector Believe it or not, Americans can be a rather nice people. Oh, we have our weaknesses and often display less than model behavior, but at the same time, we are quick to come to the aid of others or to perform acts of kindness. Our “good” sides are often taken advantage of […]

Focus on the Law: Aliens and Social Security Disability

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law This week I consulted a great book by Charles T. Hall called Social Security Disability Practice  to look into some unfamiliar issues in disability law.  I will admit that I was a bit surprised by what I found out.  According to Hall, foreign nationals who live outside the United […]

Governor Prentice Cooper Chapter IV

Governor Prentice Cooper Chapter IV

By Ray Hill Governor Prentice Cooper was seeking a third two-year term in 1942 and found himself hard pressed by his opponent, J. Ridley Mitchell. Mitchell was a wily politician and had served as the Congressman from Tennessee’s Fourth District from 1931-39, leaving office to make a quixotic bid for the United States Senate in […]

Read a good book

By Rosie Moore There is nothing like reading a good book on a rainy, muggy summer day, which we’ve been having a lot of lately. For the history buffs you must not miss Ken Follett’s book, “Winter of the World.” I say history buffs because this tome is a historical novel 940 pages long, you need […]

Musical Chair Principals

By Joe Rector It’s hard to believe that July 4th marked the middle of summer for school kids. I still reel with the knowledge that schools open their doors the first part of August or the last of July in some places. What happened to the policy that school began the day after Labor Day? […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds

By Ralphine Major In the spring of 1964, Coach Bob Dagley had just completed his first year of coaching at Gibbs High School.  They started practicing basketball again with those who would make up the 1964-65 team.  The coach always scrimmaged other schools, but especially liked to scrimmage Kingston.  “They were in the state tournament […]

Still Some Bad Guys in Sports…

By Alex Norman Last week I dropped some serious knowledge on you good people with an article titled “Still Some Good Guys in Sports.” This week I’m back with an article titled “Still Some Bad Guys in Sports.” I’m nothing if not consistent… Recently Urban Meyer made it a mission to find ways to absolve […]

The Real Blind Side

By Sarah Baker bakers@knoxfocus.com Many of you probably saw a block buster movie a few years ago called The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock. The movie tells the true story of Michael Oher, a traumatized kid who goes on to become a first round NFL draft pick with the help of Leigh Anne Tuohy and […]

Focus on the Law: Mental Health Commitments

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “Commitment” is the common term used to describe the group of procedures for detaining or admitting someone who is mentally ill in Tennessee.  There are four basic procedures and they are covered in Tennessee Code, Title 33.  In summary, these procedures are as follows: Voluntary Admission.  A person may […]