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Is third Obama term a possibility?

By Richie Beeler The re-election of Barack Obama less than three months ago left conservatives wondering if one of their ilk would ever be elected to the presidency again. The…

Sunday Night Popcorn

By Joe Rector In another universe and another time, Sunday was a day of rest. It was a day that defined the end of a hard week of work and…

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

By Ray Hill   For decades the Bankhead family was one of the most politically prominent in the state.  Today, perhaps the best-known member of the family is the late…

Gospel is greatest offense to state-run church

By Richie Beeler There’s a new church emerging in America. It’s the one your founding fathers feared most. The religion that is rearing its head in the 21st century bears…

The Doctor Is In: Nostrums and Notions

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and found something unidentifiable in a Tupperware container?  There’s a great line by Walter Matthau in the Odd Couple…

Malik Foreman Chooses Vols

By Alex Norman New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones knows the importance of recruiting to the success of a football program.  So it was no surprise that he talked about…

There’s still a lot of basketball season left

By Steve Williams Just when University of Tennessee sports fans needed a lift, the men’s basketball team hit a couple of bumps in the road. An 85-80 loss to Memphis…

Remembering Bill Wright: Brilliant Athlete, Dedicated Educator, Legendary Coach

By Tasha Mahurin Bill Wright coached the University of Tennessee’s baseball team from 1963 until 1981. The program’s longest tenured coach, he is a member of six different halls of…

A new fitness center opens in Seymour

By Tasha Mahurin Thirty-year-old Amanda Harmon is finally fit. “I began to struggle with weight in my early twenties,” Harmon told The Focus. “My weight ‘yo-yoed back and forth by…

Attempts for 2013

By Joe Rector It’s that special day when people everywhere wake to a new beginning. The first day of a new year is a time when folks reassess their lives…