Vols at NFL Pro Day

  By Alex Norman After a couple of seasons in which the Tennessee Volunteers didn’t hear the name of one player called at the NFL Draft, the Vols were back in a big way in 2017. The Vols had six players picked in that draft.  Running back Alvin Kamara would be named AP offensive rookie […]

Aftermath of early exits by Vols and Lady Vols is quite different

By Steve Williams The near Sweet Sixteen seasons for the Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams quickly turned sour in the Round of 32. With NCAA tournament play getting close to being really exciting for fans, our Vols and Lady Vols, both seeded No. 3, stumbled across the dance floor. The men’s 63-62 loss to […]

Fake News is More Common Than Ever

Fake News is More Common Than Ever

By Steve Hunley   Every time President Donald Trump calls out the mainstream media for “fake news” they howl like a hit dog. Despite the fact media figures are indignant at being challenged, the fact is the mainstream media is often biased and just plain wrong. When one source gets the news wrong, it all […]

Old Swaney: William Robert Webb of Tennessee

Old Swaney: William Robert Webb of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Most Knoxvillians have heard of the Webb School, but few remember William Robert Webb, the founder and headmaster of the first Webb School. R. Webb was a formidable character by any standard; he was a professional educator throughout his life, as well as a community activist and briefly, served as United States […]

What happens during mediation

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal term, “mediation.” What is it? What happens during a mediation? A mediation is an informal process that is used in a large number of lawsuits to try to settle the cases before they go to trial. When a lawsuit has been filed, but before it […]

The Promise of Easter

By Ralphine Major “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  John 10:27-28 ( KJV) It is the most important day on the calendar.  For Christians, Easter surpasses […]


By Joe Rector My two grandmothers were as different from each other as were their families. They’ve both been gone for a long time, but their memories linger. Mamaw Balch was a small woman. She bore three sons and a daughter. She was a Cureton, and as such, her approach toward life seemed to have […]

Want to visit Tennessee’s newest state park?

A DAY AWAY By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There’s a large new park in the Tennessee State Park systems and it is in East Tennessee in rural Unicoi County. As I’ve written before, my wife and I have visited every state park in Tennessee except this one and we’re planning a summer trip there. “You can’t […]

A long road trip by a longtime Volunteer fan

By Steve Williams When it comes to being a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jim Tritt doesn’t mind going the extra mile. He proved that recently. Fired up over the success of this season’s basketball team, Tritt began planning a road trip to St. Louis five days before the SEC tournament championship game was to […]

Vols/Lady Vols in the NCAA Tournament

  By Alex Norman The first day of the NCAA tournament was kind to Tennessee’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. On Thursday, March 15th, Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the 3rd seeded Vols pounded 14th seed Wright State 73-47 in Dallas. “Obviously we’re happy with the win and the fact that […]

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