Compliance might be a lifesaver

By Joe Rector Things are out of control in our country. Every evening when the television news airs, whether it is CBS or FOX, stories complete with videos recount the unrest in communities and individuals. It’s become more than most of us can bear to hear or watch. Is anyone else sick and tired of […]

State Parks near Knoxville

By Mike Steely I think I’ve written that my wife and I have visited almost all the state parks in Tennessee, from Reelfoot Lake in the northwest corner to Roan Mountain State Park in the northwest corner. Just as soon as we think we’ve visited them all along comes a new park. In recent years […]

Vols’ football season will get off to a sizzling start

By Steve Williams Start the countdown. It’s 10 Saturdays until the Tennessee football opener. Television bigwigs last week put out the starting times for the season’s first three games. They pay no attention to such things as heat or cold when making these decisions. Of course, they pay big bucks to the universities’ athletic football […]

The Culture of Cheating

By Alex Norman When news broke this past week that the St. Louis Cardinals were being investigated by the feds for hacking into the emails of the Houston Astros, none of us should have been surprised. When news broke in January that the New England Patriots were been investigated for deflating footballs, none of us […]

Absurdity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Nature must indeed be profligate because I’m seeing more animal road-kill lately. I was concerned that my neighbor was intent on road-harvesting when I pulled out of our driveway and saw her carrying a dead raccoon by the tail. She assured me that she was only clearing the “accident” from […]

Knoxville Focus for June 22, 2015

Tate’s new Middle School to include Aeroponic Gardening By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com While many of Knoxville’s schools incorporate gardens into their learning environment, Tate’s new Middle School is taking that to a whole new level. Tate’s School  announced last week that they will be the first Middle School in East Tennessee to introduce 6th grade […]

Congressman Finis J. Garrett

By Ray Hill   For more than two decades, Finis James Garrett represented a West Tennessee district in Congress. Garrett was a talented politician and his rise was meteoric. Winning a seat in Congress when he was barely twenty-eight years old, he rose to become the Minority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives. […]

The Chalk Board: June 15, 2015

By Sally Absher Tim and Jim reach budget compromise. Last Monday, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Schools Director Jim McIntyre held a joint press conference to present a budget compromise that they say would allow for the construction of both the Hardin Valley and Gibbs middle schools, as well as provide a […]

Germaphobes

By Joe Rector This world isn’t much like the one I grew up in. Oh, I know technology has made advancements that make our lives much easier. Folks now have much more time to pursue interests and hobbies. Those aren’t the things I’m talking about. What amazes me is the concern for germs. Americans have […]

Tennessee takes its lumps. Again.

By Alex Norman I give up. Seriously.  I give up. From this point forward I refuse to believe that Tennessee’s athletic department will ever be back to normal. Much like my refusal to pick the Vols to beat Florida in football, I will no longer believe that Tennessee can go a month without a public […]

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