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Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

By Ray Hill For more than a decade Leonidas Campbell Houk was the Congressman from Tennessee’s Second District.  A man with neatly combed hair and a mustache that would have…

Publisher’s Position: Rogero should Sunshine meetings with Council members

Publisher’s Position: Rogero should Sunshine meetings with Council members

By Steve Hunley According to information obtained by The Knoxville Focus through a Freedom of Information Act request, on July 17th, from 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero met…

Camille Kelley: ‘The Little Irish Judge’

Camille Kelley: ‘The Little Irish Judge’

By Ray Hill One of the more fascinating, as well as disturbing, stories in Tennessee history is that of Camille Kelley who became Judge of the Memphis Juvenile Court. A…

The Southern Gentleman: Winfield Dunn

The Southern Gentleman: Winfield Dunn

By Ray Hill Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn was born July 1, 1927, the son of Aubert and Dorothy Dunn.  Anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing Winfield Dunn cannot…

Publisher’s Position: Students evaluating teachers a bad idea

Publisher’s Position: Students evaluating teachers a bad idea

By Steve Hunley In his recent report to the Knox County Board of Education, Superintendent James McIntyre has raised the issue of having students evaluate teachers.  Evidently the state has…

FDR Comes to Tennessee

FDR Comes to Tennessee

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Tennessee several times during his presidency.  It gave local politicians the opportunity to bask in the glow of Roosevelt’s magnetic presence…

The Old Confederate: William Brimage Bate

The Old Confederate: William Brimage Bate

By Ray Hill Just a few years following America’s bloody Civil War, as states were readmitted to the Union, old Confederates began to arrive in Congress.  The United States Senate…

Publisher’s Position: When Down is Up and Up is Down

Publisher’s Position: When Down is Up and Up is Down

By Steve Hunley The media barrage has begun and Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre is doing his best to spin the drop in ACT scores in Knox County. Like a…

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News-Sentinel has published yet again another of its predictable editorials, clamoring for the public to support our schools.  The Sentinel was right about one thing,…

Generations

By Dr. Jim Ferguson For a long time I’ve had a metaphoric vision of my life as a cross country airplane trip.  As a young man, I packed my bags…