Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

By Ray Hill Before Strom Thurmond, Theodore Francis Green was well known for some years as being the oldest member of the United States Senate. First elected when he was sixty-nine years old, Theodore Francis Green frustrated several generations of aspiring politicians who figured a vacancy was imminent. Green served twenty-four years in the Senate […]

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News-Sentinel has published yet again another of its predictable editorials, clamoring for the public to support our schools.  The Sentinel was right about one thing, probably by accident. Expectations from the public from Superintendent McIntyre and the school system should be high.  Knox County is currently over $1 billion in […]

Peggy Eaton: The Woman Who Brought Down A Cabinet

Peggy Eaton: The Woman Who Brought Down A Cabinet

By Ray Hill Margaret “Peggy” Timberlake Eaton has been the subject of books and even one Hollywood film (The Gorgeous Hussy) and is oftentimes portrayed as the vixen who nearly caused the collapse of President Andrew Jackson’s administration.  The controversy over Peggy Eaton certainly did cause Jackson’s Cabinet to collapse.  At the heart of the […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson For a long time I’ve had a metaphoric vision of my life as a cross country airplane trip.  As a young man, I packed my bags and hustled to the airport to make my life-flight.  As I fastened my seat belt as I buckled down in college and medical school before […]

Rosie’s World: Who but God Can Do This?

By Rosie Moore What an awesome and orderly God! God’s order may be observed in the hatching of eggs. For example–the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days–those of the canary in 14 days–those of the barnyard hen in 21 days. The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days–those of the […]

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 […]