Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   To experience wonderful things you sometimes have to move out of your comfort zone. This can be a willingness to consider the perspectives of others or it can be a willingness to travel. These days, destination weddings are in vogue. My daughter’s destination wedding was at the top of my […]

Fittingly, 2013 season opener at Gibbs ended under a full moon

By Steve Williams It was a high school football season opener worth recalling. I can’t remember ever seeing a better one, and that’s going back to the mid-1960s. On Aug. 23, 2013, I was covering the Carter at Gibbs opener for The Knoxville Focus. On this night, I took my notes on the visitors’ sideline. […]

It’s not good to confuse the voter

By Steve Hunley By this time, readers of The Knoxville Focus realize you won’t find the voice of the political or business establishment inside these pages.  We have plenty of other local media for that.  Yet some folks are mighty slow in realizing the general public is growing more and more restive under the existing […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part II

By Ray Hill Luke Lea had not only survived the intense political wars in Tennessee, but had profited from them. Elected to the United States Senate in 1911, Lea’s alliance with “Independent” Democrats and Republicans had created a “fusionist” combine that held the governorship, both seats in the United States Senate and the Tennessee House […]

The Chalk Board: August 10, 2015

By Sally Absher HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, KNOX COUNTY STUDENTS! Best wishes for a successful year!   KCS Named Exemplary School District Last week, Knox County Schools held a “Celebration of Academic Achievement” at the Carter Middle School Gymnasium. According to the press release, “This special celebration commemorates exemplary academic achievement in the Knox […]

EDUCATION INC. – Exposing the Corporate Takeover of Our Schools

By Sally Absher The Knoxville community is invited to attend a FREE screening of the brand new documentary, Education, Inc., at 6 p.m. on Friday August 14. The screening will be held at the United Campus Workers building, 1415 Elm Street. Refreshments and Pizza will be provided (while it lasts).  You can watch the trailer […]

Carson-Newman Couple Dedicated Years to Education

By Ralphine Major “Family—All because two people fell in love!”  The beautiful wall art hangs just above the bay window in their home.  There are traces of family everywhere I look:  a piano, photos on the wall, a tree house in the backyard. Bob and Janet Dagley met at Carson-Newman, both of them aspiring to […]

A sheet of Bounce

By Rosie Moore The Postal Service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. Use it when outside. It really works. The yellow jackets just veer around you. And all this […]

Day-old bread

By Joe Rector Each day that I sit down at the table to eat, I am thankful for the bounty which God has provided. I realize that too many in this country, the place supposedly where abundant food is available, go hungry every day. Though we never went without food, Mother and Daddy had to […]

Vols have been in and out of college football’s national spotlight

By Steve Williams Tennessee football has received plenty of positive recognition on the national scene since the Vols capped off the 2014 season by blasting Iowa in the Tax Slayer Bowl. When preseason chatter first started, Tennessee was even mentioned as a “darkhorse” to make the College Playoff field this year. That certainly got the […]

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