Our Great Hymns

  By Ralphine Major The day finally arrived when she added “hymns” to the lesson plan.  Jewel Harris Atkins, my piano teacher, surely sensed the excitement she had created with the hymns.  Scales and classical music pieces may have suffered through my week of practice; but I always had the hymns down pat!  “Amazing Grace” […]

A tyrant in our house

By Joe Rector Amy and I were strict parents, I much more so than she because my hateful voice matched my sore disposition. I didn’t say we were abusive; however, our children weren’t strangers to spankings. Our children did not run the household; that was Amy’s job, and I never wanted to take it from […]

What Does Implied Consent Mean?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan One of the weirdly titled laws in Tennessee is the, “Implied Consent” statute. What in the world is implied consent? Implied consent means that by operating a vehicle on the roadways of Tennessee you have “implied your consent” to have your blood tested for the presence of drugs or alcohol if […]

Living and dying with Tennessee football games

By Tom Mattingly Whenever he discussed his time as “Voice of the Vols,” 1952-67, broadcaster George Mooney always remembered the good times. In the spring of 1952, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Gen. Robert R. Neyland had asked him to broadcast the Tennessee games. Mooney did not hesitate to accept. “There was one answer […]

Inflation: The Cruelest Tax

Inflation: The Cruelest Tax

By Steve Hunley My wife Kim likes to save money.  Kim knows how to use coupons and I think there have been times when she’s gone shopping, got what she wanted or needed and the store had to pay her.  Last week, Kim came in to report the sad news that one of her favorite […]

Memories of George W. Bush

Memories of George W. Bush

  By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com A couple of weeks before the 2000 election, I got word that George W. Bush had made a schedule change and was coming to South Knoxville Elementary School for a 3 p.m. rally the same day as the Duncan Family Barbecue. I was pleased because I hoped then […]

Is the Republican Party Dumb?

Is the Republican Party Dumb?

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com When ProPublica exposed the tax records of some billionaires showing little or no federal income tax paid, predictably many on the left and in the media howled in indignation. No one claimed that the billionaires were engaging in illegal activity but many said that the billionaires should “pay their […]

Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse

  To be, or not to be, that is the question. — William Shakespeare By Dr. Jim Ferguson We do not have Hamlet’s conundrum of a life or death struggle. Or maybe we do, if you believe the pronouncements of iPOTUS and his handlers. The question for Americans is to VAX or not to VAX. […]

In defense of ‘geezers’

By Tom Mattingly One of the joys of advancing geezerdom is having a storehouse of memories from seeing the great moments in University of Tennessee sports live, moments that younger fans today can only see on film, videotape, or any of the other advances in technology in today’s world. Today’s younger fans stare blankly when […]