By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I can’t remember whether I’ve thought something, discussed my opinion with others or wrote about it in The Focus or my spiritual journal. Similarly, it’s sometimes hard to remember where I’ve heard or read something because I read extensively and peruse multiple news sites, medical journals and blogs. And for […]

Finding Davy Crockett’s family

By Mike Steely Most of us know about Davy Crockett, the Tennessean born in Limestone east of Greeneville, soldier in the Indian Wars, and volunteer in the battle for Texas independence. We know he died at the Alamo and there have been movies and television series about his real and fictional life. But most of […]

A busy week in sports … and hoping Kellie comes home

By Steve Williams This may be the busiest sports week of the year. Coming on the heels of Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol and the NCAA women’s basketball finals will be the men’s title game Monday night. The Tennessee Smokies also wrap up their first home baseball series of the season Monday. Of course, major […]

Jim Chaney’s Return

By Alex Norman You can be excused if you feel like Jarrett Guarantano has been on campus for a decade.  In fact, this will only be the fourth season for the redshirt junior quarterback. But Guarantano has not had an easy go of it.  He’s played in two seasons, while sitting out 2016 as a […]

Deconstructing Recode Knoxville

Deconstructing Recode Knoxville

By Steve Hunley This past Thursday, April 4, the third City Council Recode Workshop was held. It was different from the first two workshops in that serious questions were finally asked to city council about why Recode is actually needed. In Philosophy there is a concept known as a “false construct.” It is one of […]

Ripley’s Aquarium is more than sharks and stingrays

By Mike Steely Did I tell you we collect cups? Yep, souvenir cups from hundreds of places my wife and I have visited around the country. Cups from state and national parks, cups from commercial attractions, and cups from places like the Coke Museum in Atlanta, Macy’s in New York City, and even from Walnut […]

Who am I?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of the most moving scenes in the movie Les Miserables, is when the protagonist, Jean Valjean, comes to grips with his salvation as a result of God’s grace. After nineteen years of imprisonment and abuse, Valjean had become an animalistic, hate-filled man who was known only by his prison number […]

Holly Warlick Had An Impossible Task

  By Alex Norman On Wednesday, March 27, the University of Tennessee announced that Holly Warlick was relieved of her duties as Lady Vols basketball coach. “Holly and I met this afternoon, and I informed her of the decision to change leadership within the program,” said Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer in a statement released […]