There’s still a lot of basketball season left

By Steve Williams Just when University of Tennessee sports fans needed a lift, the men’s basketball team hit a couple of bumps in the road. An 85-80 loss to Memphis followed by a 92-74 beating from Ole Miss in the SEC opener – both in front of home crowds – wasn’t what the patient needed […]

A new fitness center opens in Seymour

By Tasha Mahurin Thirty-year-old Amanda Harmon is finally fit. “I began to struggle with weight in my early twenties,” Harmon told The Focus. “My weight ‘yo-yoed back and forth by as much as 30lbs. I was unable to maintain it.” Through diet and consistent exercise, she was able to overcome her health challenges. Now, Harmon […]

Attempts for 2013

By Joe Rector It’s that special day when people everywhere wake to a new beginning. The first day of a new year is a time when folks reassess their lives and make plans for improvement. I did it as well. For years I promised myself each January 1 to lose weight. All my life I’ve […]

Publisher’s Position: A Case of the Quivers

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Superintendent of Schools Dr. James P. McIntyre is beginning to promote his “State of the Schools” address.  This has become an annual event and not only promotes McIntyre, but helps to set the table for the expected request for more money for the school system.  Last year, McIntyre unveiled his new […]

‘Silent Night’ as the world watched

By Ralphine Major It was a P. Graham Dunn creation made in America, and I thought it was beautiful.  P. Graham Dunn is one of my favorite styles of Christian art.  The simple Christmas plaque with lyrics set against a soft blue background struck a chord with me.  The song that brings us comfort in […]

Had me at Kentucky

By Sarah Baker So I was sitting at Waffle House with my friend Katherine when a stranger approached our booth. “Can I have a few minutes of your time?” he asked.  Here goes, I thought. I was all set to explain to him that I already know Jesus and that I don’t have any money. […]

Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2013

Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2013

Click here to view this week’s entire paper. Massey appointed Chairman of Senate Calendar Committee State Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Calendar Committee.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 108th General Assembly concluded their organizational session.  The Calendar Committee is responsible for scheduling […]