WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part IV)

By Ralphine Major “What do you remember most about that year?” I asked—wondering if it would be a record night in rebounding.  But, the coach was right.  Former Gibbs Coach Bob Dagley said that David Widner took the 1964-65 Eagles’ first loss harder than most players.  After forty-eight years, the coach still knows his players. […]

Doggie Amber Alert

By Joe Rector My daughter Lacey and her family had a scare not long ago. It made us all re-evaluate our feelings toward the people and things we love. Well, at least that’s the effect it had on me. Madden was spending the weekend with his grandparents in Huntsville, Alabama, and Lacey and Nick were […]

Publisher’s Position: The Truth About The Sentinel’s Obsession

By Steve Hunley Ever since The Knoxville Focus started a weekly poll, the Knoxville News-Sentinel has been obsessed about our new feature. Within days of the first poll, Sentinel columnist Georgianna Vines was burning up my phone to quiz me about the poll. I was surprised the Sentinel would be interested in covering another paper’s […]

Focus on the Law: Foreclosures

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law When you purchase real property and finance part of the purchase price you will usually sign a promissory note and a deed of trust.   The promissory note is the promise to pay.  The deed of trust document places the legal title to the real property in a trustee to […]

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI: Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI:  Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

By Ray Hill Francis Biddle, was Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and noted Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar could be “obstinate” and “vindictive”, but was careful to note McKellar was “shrewd”. Biddle also added that McKellar “never forgot”. It was McKellar’s long memory that caused the Tennessean to bedevil […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson At this time of my life I’ve learned to ask, “Why?” when confronted by issues or perspectives.  This is certainly true of politics, but applies in medicine as well.  Our word politics comes from the Greek term polis or city-state. The great statesman, Pericles, of ancient Athens said that the business […]

Recipes For Body and Soul

By Rosie Moore Recipes For Body and Soul Summer is about halfway through and no one wants to stand at a hot stove cooking. I have a healthy recipe for the body and good thoughts for the soul Enjoy! Black Bean and Corn Salad (for body) This bright, simple salad is a great potluck dish, […]

Publisher’s Position: Leuthold Right Choice For Trustee

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Commission made a wise choice in selecting Craig Leuthold to serve as Trustee following the resignation of John J. Duncan, III. Leuthold has the necessary experience to do a good job for taxpayers in an office of vital importance to our community.  A former member of the Knox County […]

Barefoot Barred

By Joe Rector One of the most favorite things about summer to many is the chance to go barefoot. In other areas of the country, we Tennesseans are believed to be shoeless all the time. The fact is that I’ve never been crazy about going without shoes. Doing so has always caused nothing but troubles. […]

Let the hitting begin!

By Steve Williams Another high school football season is almost upon us. Three weeks from now, without fail, the summer temperatures will drop and there will be a nip in the air, just in time for opening kickoffs. Teams have been preparing since the week of July 8, after the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s […]