Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Bud Armstrong will be the People’s Judge – Not the Lawyer’s Judge Georgianna Vines of the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Jesse Fox Mayshark of the online publication The Compass, seem to be stuck on the fact Richard “Bud” Armstrong did not receive...

Places I have not been yet

By Mike Steely Our region is a fantastic area to get out and take the family to visit places that are free or almost free. In my past “Day Away” columns, I’ve written about many of those places and you can review most of them on www.knoxfocus.com by selecting “Steely”...

Cui Bono

We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop By Dr. Jim Ferguson We are connected like never before. As I sat down to begin this essay I got a call from Betty’s Beauty Bar in Lansing, Ohio. Perhaps it was election day confusion because I...

Two Steves and a Joe

By Joe Rector joerector@comcast.net While I mowed the upper lot of the yard, I looked across the road and saw a tractor at the neighbor’s house. Steering it was Steve Cox. We began first grade together, and both have lived within spitting distance of our boyhood...

A Loss for Country Music

By Ralphine Major I saw them early in their career.  The Judds came to Knoxville during the Tennessee Valley Fair and performed at the Homer Hamilton Theatre.  I happened to be nearby when they exited the bus and got a quick picture. The mother/daughter duo captivated...