What’s the forecast for this winter?

“Poor Richard’s Almanac” will give you a versatile idea on the subject of weather. Started by Benjamin Franklin in 1732, it appeared continuously until 1758. It offered a mixture of seasonal weather forecasts, practical household hints, puzzles and other amusements. Benjamin adopted the pseudonym of “Poor Richard” for this purpose. I thought of the subject […]

Head and Heart

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, a patient came to me seeking a miracle; and I didn’t have one.  Desperate people often search for a magic medicine or a cure.  I now know what this feels like, and hopefully it will allow me to a more empathetic person and a better doctor.  Sympathy implies concern for […]

An angel among us

By Joe Rector Our lives are sometimes difficult. All of us experience problems, but a few have much harder times than others. That’s when angels appear. Yes, I firmly believe that God brings folks into our lives who serve as angels and who make our lives better. One of them is a well-known figure in […]

I Told You So

By Steve Hunley It really isn’t graceful to say, “I told you so,” but sometimes even the best of us just can’t help ourselves. A couple of years ago, The Knoxville Focus was the ONLY media outlet in Knox County to write about the “agreement” between superintendent of schools Jim McIntyre and the Board of […]

Focus on the Law: Sex Offender Registry

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law While you may have heard of the sex offender registry, I think a little background is in order. Congress passed the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender and Identification Act of 1986 which required the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to monitor the whereabouts of certain […]

White Monday’s Puppet Master?

By Sally Absher First, there was Black Wednesday. Then there was Red Wednesday. And now, White Monday? If you’re new to Knoxville, “Black Wednesday” refers to the backdoor dealings that reportedly took place one Wednesday back in January 2007, when commissioners appointed relatives and political “cronies” to fill commission seats vacated when the state Supreme […]

Dr. McIntyre’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

By Sally Absher Dr. McIntyre’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week (With apologies to Judith Viorst).  In case you missed it, it has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for the Dr. McIntyre and the KCS Administration. It actually started several weeks ago, when after attending one of McIntyre’s back-to-school tours […]

Super Subs III: Mike Graves

By Ralphine Major   “He cared a lot about his players individually, and he cared a lot about his team,” Mike Graves said in describing his former coach, Bob Dagley.  Ron, Mike’s brother, started for the Eagles during the ‘64-65 season.  Mike was one of the talented players Dagley called on to substitute when certain […]

Adversity Pays Off For Ju’Wuan James

By Alex Norman Ju’Wuan James arrived in Knoxville in January of 2010 expecting to play for Lane Kiffin.  Instead it would be three years of Derek Dooley and one year of Butch Jones.  There wasn’t a bowl game trip to be had, or even a winning season. But at the end of the day, that […]

Put away the peashooters, bring ear plugs and let Kiffin have it

By Steve Williams The best news University of Tennessee football fans got last week was Lane Kiffin is going to be on the Alabama sideline at Neyland Stadium when the Crimson Tide rolls into town on Oct. 25. Nick Saban is requiring Kiffin to do his offensive coordinating down on the field that day. Out […]