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Publisher’s Position: The Dance of the Eels

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Recent revelations by the Knoxville News-Sentinel indicate some serious problems with the Knox County school system.  Some brilliant reporting by Jamie Satterfield has brought to light…

A Tribute to Tamela

By Ralphine Major She left suddenly one Monday morning over two years ago when she was way too young.  An ambulance was summoned, but doctors’ best efforts could not save…

Jones’ foundation starts with ‘character’

Jones’ foundation starts with ‘character’

By Steve Williams Butch Jones, new University of Tennessee head football coach, was asked about Vonn Bell – a 5-star recruit who picked Ohio State over the Vols – early…

The Tennessee Gentleman: Governor Jim Nance McCord

The Tennessee Gentleman: Governor Jim Nance McCord

By Ray Hill Jim Nance McCord is yet another figure from Tennessee’s political history who is little remembered today.  Yet he was both a Congressman and governor; he also served…

The Doctor Is In: Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve become accustomed to writing my Focus essay on Wednesday afternoons after I’ve made hospital rounds and I’ve finish business chores.  However, grandbabies change your life.…

The Long Months Ahead (Without Football)

By Alex Norman The Super Bowl is over, and millions of football fans are asking the same question… What am I going to do with my life? Well, you could…

Honk if you already miss football season

By Steve Williams About this time every year, after the last football game of the season has been played, we hear fans moaning about the long wait ahead until next…

Focus on the Law: Basic Estate Planning

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are rich, poor or somewhere in between, you should make plans for the future.  It may be uncomfortable to think about but…

A Hero on and off the field

By Ralphine Major He was scheduled to speak on Super Bowl Sunday last year, but was given a trip to the Super Bowl instead.  A few months later, he captivated…

Least of these

By Sarah Baker It was sixth grade, and I probably weighed sixty pounds soaking wet.  The rowdy cafeteria was being monitored by Coach Mike White, whose piercing blue-eyed stare and…