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 […]

Something Happened

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Historians were intrigued to learn that on July 4th 1776, King George wrote in his diary that “Not much happened today.” I’ll cut the King some slack because there was no internet, nor phones or even telegraph in the 18th century.  It would be months before George learned that the Revolutionary […]

Awakenings

By Dr. Jim Ferguson These days, the prospect of spring is tantalizing. This time every year I’m glad to see February exit and begin to embrace the promise of winter’s end. Knoxville is fortunate to have four seasons. About the time we are sick of the heat of summer we have a wonderful fall; and […]

Dealing with the rain

By Joe Rector   At some point in January, the local weather forecaster on one station declared that Tennessee was experiencing a drought. I hope that after the last month he will now declare we’re caught up on the needed rainfall. Downpours have made yards soggy and floors muddy. Most of us are over it […]

Stars Shine on Spokane

  By Ralphine Major The signs were all pointing toward spring—daffodils, warm weather, Easter—when the world seems to take on a new look of growth and vibrancy.  But, Mother Nature unleashed another blast of winter sending much of the country into a frenzy of power outages and slick streets.  Images of the devastating havoc the […]

Watch out, slow drivers!

  By Jedidiah McKeehan So, you may or may not know, but as of 2016 there is a statute on the books in Tennessee that punishes slow drivers.  So, warn those slow drivers in your life to speed up! Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 55-8-204, on interstates or highways when there are three or […]

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