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Let’s celebrate with the Irish!

By Rosie Moore Bring out the crock pot, chop up a head of cabbage, add a few potatoes and a can of corned beef and, voila! You’re ready to celebrate…

The lady in purple

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law March is Women’s History Month and I am inspired to write about an amazing jurist, lawyer, lawmaker and American woman, Sandra Day O’Connor. I…

SURPRISE!

SURPRISE!

By Ralphine Major “Is it true you once held Tommy Everette to 41 points?” I asked the Central High School standout of the sixties. “He was the best high school player…

Driv’n Mr. Jim

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The world is very complicated, and I can see why some folks just surrender or retreat.  I’m proud of my mother who has not given up,…

A Day Away: The Great Locomotive Chase

By Mike Steely Civilian James Andrews was born in what is now West Virginia. He became a merchant in Kentucky and was recruited by the Union Army. He operated along…

I’ve got an idea what you can do with those rotten tomatoes

By Steve Williams Basketball referees are human. They make mistakes. I know. I’ve made a few in my time. Fortunately, the rule book allows for some mistakes to be corrected.…

Didn’t Your Parents Raise You Better?

By Joe Rector She arrived after several other customers on that Sunday. The vet’s office didn’t open until 5:00 p.m., and all of us were there to pick up our…

Metaphysics

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Eleanor Roosevelt once observed that intellectuals function in the realm of ideas, whereas average folks concentrate on events of the day and the rest focus on…

Soldier names at Cumberland Gap

By Mike Steely If Knoxville was the goal to capturing East Tennessee during the Civil War, then the Cumberland Gap was the doorway. The historic pass was occupied four times,…

The List

By Ralphine Major It all started with the heart.  Many Focus readers may remember my first column, “The Real McCoy,” which ran on February 7, 2011.  Dr. Kyle McCoy is…