Honeysuckle Nectar

By Joe Rector The week brought warm weather; in fact, it was downright hot. Mother’s Day weekend found my family in the pool and cooling our heels and enjoying each other’s company. Anyone who was outside and who had a nose could smell the sweet scents of honeysuckle. Even at work, the blooms filled the […]

Survivors

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   By the time you read this essay I hope many of you have in your possession a signed copy of my latest book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” All my readers were invited to The Party hosted by The Focus, but I know life is complicated and some were out […]

A Special Family’s Love (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The heartbeat of their home was now gone.  It was July 2005 when a young mother’s life was snuffed out by cancer, and Rhonda Julian was called to her heavenly home.  Brian, her bereaved husband,  was left with their four young children ranging in age from 6 to 12 years. In a […]

Looking Through A Glass Darkly

By Rosie Moore I have a dear friend who absolutely declares that “nice” people will definitely go to heaven. She ascertains that if you are good to people, help the poor, are kind to everyone and live an almost “spotless” life, then heaven will be your future home. I’ve tried many times to change her […]

‘Holston effect’ well-known to Gibbs community

By Steve Hunley “Leaders” need a history lesson on Gibbs Middle School A recent article in the local daily paper cited concerns raised by “community leaders” over the proposed construction of a middle school in the Gibbs community. Their issues with the proposal stem from a fear that a new school in Gibbs would have […]

Congressman Carroll Reece Goes Back To Congress

By Ray Hill For decades Tennessee was a one-party state, dominated by the Democrats. The exceptions were the First and Second Congressional districts in East Tennessee. Despite being the minority party, Republicans were perfectly capable of fighting amongst themselves and the Tennessee GOP was frequently highly factionalized. Fights in both the First and Second Congressional […]

A Special Family’s Love

By Ralphine Major It was around lunchtime one Saturday at a Chick-fil-A Restaurant when we first saw them.  They had attended an Upward Basketball program at nearby Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.  Full of energy and full of life, they were a young family with children ranging from teenagers to toddlers.  Had we not seen  Brian’s […]

Growing Old

By Rosie Moore I am sending along to my readers some thoughts written by a dear friend that I bowled with for many years. I’m sure there are many bowlers who will remember Eddie Ward, who wrote this. He passed away before I could send this to The Focus so I’m taking the liberty of […]

Polemics

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Let’s get”…political. Things are a mess and no rational person can deny it. Some people tell me I’m a fool to speak out against what’s happening in our country, since doing so will anger the illiberal crowd. “Liberalism” professes to welcome diverse opinions, but modern illiberalism doesn’t. Case in point is […]

Tom Brady’s Legacy

By Alex Norman The argument for football fans has raged for years, and will continue to do so long after you and I have departed this beautiful life… Who is the better quarterback?  Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? The fun part about these discussions is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Is […]

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