Autumn Thoughts

By Rosie Moore It is that time of the year again. Nestled between the torrid days of summer and the icy days of winter is an autumnal time to relax, enjoy and be amazed by the riotous colors of the season. You are a thousand winds that blow You are a diamond glint in the […]

What really matters

By Joe Rector Somehow UT managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in its latest game against Florida. Plenty of social media buzz spewed forth, and many of us are plenty disgusted enough with the entire thing to stop putting ourselves through such anguish. We’ll pray that a more creative offense evolves sooner […]

Popes, POTUS and Putin

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s painful for me to mention these three in the same breath or sentence, but this is our world today. Though I am a Methodist and a protestant, I was glad the Pope come to America.  For a while the Vicar of Christ distracted us from a fallen world. However, though […]

Advice for Butch: Take General Neyland’s advice

By Steve Williams Shred the analytic data on football tendencies for when to go for a touchdown or when to rush the quarterback. Let someone else keep up with the chart that tells when it’s best to go for two points after a touchdown. Who needs a cheat sheet for that anyway? In crunch time […]

Butch’s Blunders

By Alex Norman We are nearly 2 ½ seasons into the Butch Jones era of Tennessee football and one thing is becoming abundantly clear. Jones’s game day limitations are costing the Vols. Dearly. In 2013 it was the Georgia and Vanderbilt games.  In 2014 it was the Florida game. And this season it is the […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 5, 2015

Congratulations Mayor Rogero! By Steve Hunley   Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero made history by becoming the first woman to be elected to serve as the city’s chief executive.  In fact, Madeline Rogero was the first woman ever to be elected as mayor of one of Tennessee’s four big cities.  Nashville has just elected their first […]

Eleanor ‘Cissy’ Patterson, Publisher & Personality

By Ray Hill Eleanor Medill Patterson was the first woman to successfully run a major metropolitan newspaper.  Known as “Cissy” due to the nickname given to her in childhood by her brother, she was volatile, unpredictable, frequently gleefully malevolent and unquestionably gifted. Eleanor Patterson was born into a wealthy and prominent family on November 7, […]

Harbin and Red Devils roast rival Eagles, 18-8

By Steve Williams With it being homecoming at Halls High School, there were plenty of signs on display prior to the football game against rival Gibbs. One read: “Come on Red Devils. Roast the Eagles. May the Force be with you.” As it turned out, Caden Harbin was a force on both sides of the […]

Supporting Solar Power

  Yesterday, both Knox County and Knox County Schools held a major press conference touting a new solar powered initiative. With the solar industry becoming more mainstream, many people are starting to wonder how they can get involved in saving the environment with solar power. The good news is solar power and the use of […]

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