John H. Bankhead of Alabama

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

By Ray Hill   For decades the Bankhead family was one of the most politically prominent in the state.  Today, perhaps the best-known member of the family is the late actress Tallulah Bankhead, yet Miss Bankhead’s father William was Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives while her Uncle John was the United States […]

Gospel is greatest offense to state-run church

By Richie Beeler There’s a new church emerging in America. It’s the one your founding fathers feared most. The religion that is rearing its head in the 21st century bears little resemblance to the one protected by the First Amendment. There is no protection for this one. Or from it. America now has what amounts […]

The Doctor Is In: Nostrums and Notions

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and found something unidentifiable in a Tupperware container?  There’s a great line by Walter Matthau in the Odd Couple movie.  His character Oscar is hosting a poker party and announces to his buddies, “I’ve got green sandwiches and brown ones.”  As I recall there […]

Malik Foreman Chooses Vols

By Alex Norman New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones knows the importance of recruiting to the success of a football program.  So it was no surprise that he talked about recruiting in the early stages of his introductory press conference on December 7th. What was a surprise, at least compared to the reported indifference of […]

There’s still a lot of basketball season left

By Steve Williams Just when University of Tennessee sports fans needed a lift, the men’s basketball team hit a couple of bumps in the road. An 85-80 loss to Memphis followed by a 92-74 beating from Ole Miss in the SEC opener – both in front of home crowds – wasn’t what the patient needed […]

A new fitness center opens in Seymour

By Tasha Mahurin Thirty-year-old Amanda Harmon is finally fit. “I began to struggle with weight in my early twenties,” Harmon told The Focus. “My weight ‘yo-yoed back and forth by as much as 30lbs. I was unable to maintain it.” Through diet and consistent exercise, she was able to overcome her health challenges. Now, Harmon […]

Attempts for 2013

By Joe Rector It’s that special day when people everywhere wake to a new beginning. The first day of a new year is a time when folks reassess their lives and make plans for improvement. I did it as well. For years I promised myself each January 1 to lose weight. All my life I’ve […]

Publisher’s Position: A Case of the Quivers

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Superintendent of Schools Dr. James P. McIntyre is beginning to promote his “State of the Schools” address.  This has become an annual event and not only promotes McIntyre, but helps to set the table for the expected request for more money for the school system.  Last year, McIntyre unveiled his new […]

‘Silent Night’ as the world watched

By Ralphine Major It was a P. Graham Dunn creation made in America, and I thought it was beautiful.  P. Graham Dunn is one of my favorite styles of Christian art.  The simple Christmas plaque with lyrics set against a soft blue background struck a chord with me.  The song that brings us comfort in […]