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By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve heard it said that in retirement you work even harder.  I’m not convinced of this yet, but it is different. As my readers know, I’ve…

Publisher’s Position: School Board Races: A Referendum on McIntyre?

Publisher’s Position: School Board Races: A Referendum on McIntyre?

By Steve Hunley With the arrival of the New Year, politics will heat up in Knox County.  Virtually every office in the county is up for grabs, with the exception…

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

By Ray Hill The lives of presidents and kings are usually equally celebrated or condemned, yet Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains one of the most iconic of American presidents to this…

Governor Ben W. Hooper

Governor Ben W. Hooper

By Ray Hill For years, Ben W. Hooper was the most successful Republican politician in the state of Tennessee, if the measure was the ability to win a statewide election. …

What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the Bag?

By Ralphine Major It had buttons for its eyes and a red felt tongue. The little blue and white teddy bear has survived years of house cleanings. When other keepsakes…

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

By Steve Williams Dear Santa, I guess it was one day last spring when I walked into The Knoxville Focus office and saw this cute little black puppy. At first,…

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

By Steve Hunley I think the thing I like least in any human being is hypocrisy. I don’t doubt for a moment my attitude is uncommon. It seems to me…

The Gift of Touch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve observed that as I get older I like change less.  I’m not the first person to make this observation, but the pace of change is…

Another 5-7 record, but it’s a better one

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s football team has finished 5-7 three seasons in a row now, but there’s a world of difference in this year’s record compared to the other two.…

Niota, where one vote counts

By Mike Steely Niota, Tennessee, is one of those places that isn’t on an interstate, although it’s just a few miles east of I-75 between Sweetwater and Athens. It’s one…