Treasured Moments & Memories on Father’s Day

By Ralphine Major 25 Years! August 31, 2019, will mark a special date in the life of our family.  It will be 25 years ago on that day that our father was called to his heavenly home.  The year was 1994.  I seldom “go back” in my mind to that day when he left us, […]

Way To Go Rick Staples!

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Presently the fake news media in the State of Tennessee are trying to perpetuate the myth a Democrat in the General Assembly cannot get anything done due to the Republican super-majority dominating our legislature.  That fails to explain the remarkable success of State Representative Rick Staples, a Knoxville Democrat.  Staples […]

Thank Goodness for Martin Daniel!

Thank Goodness for Martin Daniel!

By Steve Hunley The people of Knoxville and Knox County ought to be thankful for the service of State Representative Martin Daniel.  All too often the doings of our representatives in Nashville escape our attention because local media fails to report it.  The actions of our legislative delegation in the State Capitol oftentimes has a […]

Congressman Robert Crosser of Ohio

Congressman Robert Crosser of Ohio

By Ray Hill For so many of us, members of Congress from other states are of little interest, yet so many of those faceless individuals have compelling stories and remain in the House of Representatives for decades, accruing seniority and power.  Robert Crosser served in Congress for thirty-eight years and it would likely have been […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson My stories always find me, eventually. However, this week’s inspiration surprised me. I don’t mean to be disrespectful of our military, but this Memorial Day essay has a slightly different focus. I just hope everyone used the holiday weekend to remember those who made and make our freedom possible. For many […]

Seven ups guaranteed to lift up your day

By Rosie Moore Wake up! Decide to have a good day. Today is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 Dress up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. The Lord […]

Dream vacation turns into a nightmare

By Joe Rector This vacation was going to be a good one. Amy and I had looked forward to another trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, our favorite vacation destination. We’d even upgraded our accommodations and were staying in a place in Wild Dunes. We left early on Saturday morning to beat the traffic […]

Ecclesiastes 3:11

‘He hath made every thing beautiful in his time . . .’ By Ralphine Major The image reminds me of one that could have been in a children’s Sunday School class during the sixties.  Colorful, poster-size pictures were often shown to us to illustrate a memory verse from the Bible.  The above scripture from the […]

What is ‘Medical Payments Insurance Coverage?’

By Jedidiah McKeehan Medical payments insurance coverage, or “Med Pay” is something that you may have never heard of, but it is an important part of most car insurance policies. So what is med pay coverage? Med pay coverage is coverage that will pay for medical costs related to an auto accident regardless of who […]

Our Focus is Local

Our Focus is Local

By Steve Hunley To my mind, one of the things that makes a community worthwhile is having a sense of community.  That is something we try to do here at The Focus, as our focus is almost entirely local in scope and nature.  The Focus has a reporter at every meeting of the Knox County […]