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2015: A look ahead

By Alex Norman 2014 is in its dying stages but good news loyal readers… a brand new year is about to kick off. Instead of waiting to see what happens…

New Year, New Outlook

By Joe Rector It’s time to reflect upon the 2014. I do that instead of making resolutions, which, in my case, are nothing more than a list of good intentions…

The Ornament

By Ralphine Major She handed me a tiny box with my name on it.  When I lifted the lid to see the gift inside, it was a beautiful ornament.  I…

Focus on the Law: Blessings of 2014

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust…

Bob Taylor of Tennessee

Bob Taylor of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar once claimed that outside of the three men who served as President of the United States, Robert Love Taylor was “the best-known man…

77% Not Prepared For College or Career

77%  Not Prepared For College or Career

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com For 2014, the Tennessee State Report Card indicates that the high school graduation rate in Knox County was 88.7%.  But 11.3% of students who entered ninth…

Sergeant York: The Movie of the Famed Tennessean’s Life

Sergeant York: The Movie of the Famed Tennessean’s Life

By Ray Hill Sergeant Alvin York was already quite famous when Warner Brother’s studio released a movie based on his life in 1941.  The film would go on to become…

Life Lessons

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Christmas came early for me this year, though I’m not sure why.  Some years I wait and wait and wonder if I’ll ever get the Christmas…

Singing in Christmas

By Joe Rector It’s that time of year again when folks are spread too thin. So many events pull at them—school programs, shopping, get-togethers, and parties. For many, Christmas pageants…

Favorite Stories of Christmas Past

By Rosie Moore “One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. and sixty-six cents of it was in pennies.” So begins O’Henry’s short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” about…