Election of Lee, Blackburn historic

Election of Lee, Blackburn historic

By Steve Hunley The recent midterm election in Tennessee was historic.  I double checked my facts and Bill Lee is the first Republican governor-elect to take over from a member of his own party since 1869. Since 1970’s election of Republican Winfield Dunn, Tennesseans have gone back and forth between electing Republican and Democrat governors.  […]

Good first week for Vols hoops

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09, 2018 - Forward Grant Williams #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

Good first week for Vols hoops

  By Alex Norman The most highly anticipated men’s basketball season in years got underway in solid fashion for Tennessee with two victories. On Tuesday, November 6th the Vols beat Lenoir-Rhyne 86-41.  Over 16,000 fans saw the Vols defeat head coach Rick Barnes’s alma mater.  But the game didn’t start the way Barnes had hoped.  […]

What Does Tennessee Law Say About Nudist Colonies?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan I know the question that has been burning in your mind.  It’s like an itch that you have needed scratched for a long time.  Well I am here to answer your question and scratch that itch.  What is the question that has been gnawing in your mind and keeping you up […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson By the time you read this essay I will be in Portland, Oregon to see my new granddaughter, and, of course, her now big sister, Cleo. It’s hard to be contemporaneous when an essay has to be written the week before it runs in The Focus. However, I’m not complaining because […]

From 12 playoff qualifiers in 1969 to 231 this year

Editor’s Note: When the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association started its football classification system in the fall of 1969, The Knoxville Focus’ Steve Williams was a senior at Clinton High School and covering the Clinton Dragons for his hometown newspaper, The Clinton Courier-News. This is his first of a series of columns on the first […]

Beloved Country Doctor, Part 3

By Ralphine Major “When he was at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), he was able to run track.  He ran so fast, he was nicknamed Phantom,” Rada said.  She was referring to her father, the late Dr. A. D. Simmons, who would eventually become the only medical doctor in the Corryton Community. “He worked every day […]

Rosie’s World

By Rosie Moore Fall has finally arrived, as denoted by the colder weather, and the falling leaves. Which brings to my mind those people who have no homes, people with no beds, no comfortable quilts, no warm clothing. They are called the homeless, of which there is a scourge of them in the world, and […]

Short on sympathy

By Joe Rector Sometimes, fits of honesty come over me, even though I try diligently to fight them off. It’s during those times that being truthful makes me see and admit my shortcomings. Upon reflection, I finally have to admit that my negatives are glaringly obvious. At the top of the list is my lack […]

Pension Decision Raises Bigger Questions

Pension Decision Raises Bigger Questions

By Steve Hunley The decision issued by Chancellor John Weaver regarding the lawsuit about pensions raises some bigger issues that will certainly confront the county for quite sometime to come.  In essence, Chancellor Weaver’s opinion focused upon one question: does the county mayor and county commission have the right to settle lawsuits involving the county.  […]

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