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Something Above and Outside Ourselves

By Joe Rector joerector@comcast.net I’ve tried to write this piece a couple of times but found it almost impossible. The key is to put it on paper without sounding preachy…

FOCUS ON THE LAW: Supremacy Clause

Last week I heard someone complain that our state legislators just don’t understand the Supremacy Clause.  If that statement is true, I am sure they are not the only ones…

Googol

By Dr. Jim Ferguson No, my title is not a typo, nor am I referring to Google, the internet search engine, or a gargoyle.  These days we are bombarded with…

Basketball, Rabbits, and A Loving Mother (Part III)

By Ralphine Major “He took his role and played it well,” Bob Dagley said.  Dagley, head coach of the Gibbs Eagles’ 1964-65 basketball team, was talking about Ron Graves, a…

Readers’ Night Out

By Sarah Baker Friends of Literacy hosted a Readers’ Night Out event at Union Avenue Books on June 16.  Local authors including Art Smith, Vince Vawter, Marilyn Kallet, Marcel Browers,…

Camping Nightmares

By Joe Rector I’d listened well, so when our anniversary arrived last December, I bought a tent, sleeping bags, tarps, and air mattresses for a new activity. Amy has this…

A simple pineapple

By Rosie Moore The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.…

Bone Tired

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A patient recently asked me how long I had been writing for The Focus.  I couldn’t remember.  However, I quickly divided two hundred and seventy essays…

Lady Vols Fall Two Wins Short Of National Championship

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team arrived at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City a confident group, after sweeping through the Regional and Super Regionals…

Stay-Cation 2013

By Sarah Baker Last summer, I had my dream European Vacation paid for by someone who loves me. This summer, I’m back to my own budget. Therefore, I have devised…