An absolutely flawless performance

By Tom Mattingly It was a day—Sept. 27, 1980—Auburn fans would like to forget. Tennessee fans, on the other hand, still remember it well. It was Tennessee’s second time to play in Auburn, after years of playing Auburn’s “home games” in Birmingham, at Legion Field. The Vols had first played at Auburn in 1974, losing […]

Where Has the Democratic Party Gone?

Where Has the Democratic Party Gone?

By Steve Hunley The recent July 4th holiday brings to my mind the question what became of the Democratic Party?  What sparked my mind was there had never been any controversy about Americans celebrating the birth of our country until the wokesters declared it unacceptable.  Now, we are told celebrating July 4 makes one a […]

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

By Ray Hill Outside of Arizona, few people remember Ernest McFarland save for the man Barry Goldwater beat to get to the United States Senate.  Yet Ernest McFarland was much more than a rudimentary politician.  McFarland rose from county judge to United States senator, governor, and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.  While in […]

The Rise in Crime & Violence

The Rise in Crime & Violence

By John J. Duncan Jr. Over the July 4th weekend, 104 people were shot in Chicago, with 18 killed, including two policemen and a six-year-old girl. This followed more typical recent Chicago weekends, one with 62 people shot resulting in three deaths, and another when 46 were shot with eight killed. On June 28th, Mayor […]

Woke math invades the schools

Woke math invades the schools

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com On May 3rd Steve Hunley had an excellent editorial on “racist” math. I want to add to the discussion. Growing up in Atlanta’s segregated schools, I knew there was a cultural divide although I never had a conversation with a white person until I went to the University of […]

Americanism

Americanism

Recognition of the supreme being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor American way of life. — Dwight D. Eisenhower By Dr. Jim Ferguson And then they were gone. After spending a week with us, my daughter and her family have returned […]

Taking a covered bridge tour

Taking a covered bridge tour

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Years ago, before the automobile, many bridges in our area were covered to protect them from the elements. Few of those continue to exist but there are some here and there that are still in use. It’s interesting to visit a covered bridge to see how our forefathers constructed […]

Sports Hate is OK

By Mark Nagi I’m not afraid to say that I am anti-hate. Yes, I know that this is a bold statement, but I’m ok with it. Ever since Eve ate that apple, there has been conflict, and people have found reasons to hate each other. If you put two kids in a sandbox they’d play […]

‘Sid’ Flatford also makes great gingerbread houses

By Steve Williams I asked Farragut High softball coach Nick Green a couple of weeks ago to comment on how much of an inspiration Avery Flatford had been to him and his team. For those of you who don’t know about Avery, she is the Lady Admirals’ junior pitcher who has been playing softball with […]