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Grassroots or Astroturf?

By Sally Absher Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery… unless it is AstroTurf. Artificial, orchestrated copycatting, especially when it is done for political reasons, is offensive. Last October,…

Lovely Lois (Part II)

By Ralphine Major It was an East Tennessee beauty whose photo was chosen as the winner. The Tennessee connection came when young Lois Wood entered a contest and won. The…

It Grows Sadder and Sadder

By Joe Rector The brouhaha over Knox County Schools just keeps going. The school is led by a superintendent who has minimal experience in the classroom and is a numbers…

Vols still trying to get back on college football map

By Steve Williams It’s 48 days until Tennessee’s 2014 season football opener. That’s the good news. The sad news is it’s been 2,417 days since Tennessee football was relevant. The…

SEC Media Days Recap (in Advance)

By Alex Norman People in the Southeast tend to take their college football a little bit too seriously.  Case in point the annual SEC Media Days event in Hoover, Alabama.…

Knoxville Focus for July 14, 2014

Knoxville Focus for July 14, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 4: Data Mining By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com A particularly troubling aspect of the RTTT scheme is…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

By Ray Hil By the decade of the 1940s, E. H. Crump, master of the Shelby County political machine, completely dominated Tennessee politics in partnership with Senator Kenneth D. McKellar. …

July 4th Polemic and Hope

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   My daughter is an English teacher, and writer. She recently commented that I am prolific.  I do seem to have a lot to say, perhaps…

A Day Away: The Real ‘Walton’s Mountain’

By Mike Steely If you are a fan of The Waltons you may know that Ralph Waite, who played the father in the beloved series, died this past February at…

Saturdays back then

By Joe Rector A couple of weeks ago, I visited a friend on Saturday morning. After a good visit, I hopped into my car and felt as if I’d just…