Overpass dedicated to Avon Rollins, Sr.

By Focus StaffLast Friday there was a dedication to Mr. Avon W. Rollins, Sr. at the Cherry Street exits at Interstate 40 in East Knoxville. State Senator Becky Massey and State Representative Joe Armstrong joined other state and local officials to honor Rollins for his fight for civil rights and his service to the Knoxville […]

An Insomniac’s Dream: Sleeping with the Sharks

An Insomniac’s Dream: Sleeping with the Sharks

By Dan Andrewsandrewsd@knoxfocus.comHave you ever woken up to sharks swimming above you? Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing that opportunity while staying the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.  My bedroom for the night was a clear glass tunnel that spans 345 feet under 750,000 gallons of water. While it might […]

Percy Priest, The Unlikely Congressman

By Ray Hill   Percy Priest was an unlikely candidate for Congress and faced daunting odds to get to the House of Representatives in the first place.  Yet once there, he remained there until the day he died. Percy Priest was once described by William “Fishbait” Miller, Doorkeeper of the U. S. House of Representatives, […]

The Office On Aging Offers Much for Seniors Part Two

By Mike Steelysteelym@knoxfocus.comThe Focus found that the Community Action Committee’s aging office offers so many programs for seniors that the information could not be contained in a single feature. Even this second installment will not cover all the programs the Office on Aging offers.The Knox County Council on Aging is the advisory body to the […]

Taking a peek at the early season prep football matchups

By Steve WilliamsIf you’re a high school football fan, you already know Fulton and Maryville, maybe the two hottest teams in the state the past two years, are going to play each other this season and next.It’s already the buzz around the area among prep fans.Ideally, it would have been great, if the Falcons and […]

Vols can gain more from beating Georgia than Florida this year

By Steve Williams Despite how much Tennessee football fans want to end that 10-game losing streak to Florida, SEC Eastern Division favorite Georgia is the team they should be circling on their calendars this coming season. I really don’t believe the Bulldogs can overcome a loss in Knoxville on Oct. 10. That would give the […]

Odds and Ends

By Rosie Moore I am reading, “Go, Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. That phrase can be found in the Bible,  the book of Isaiah, chapter 21, verse six. I think I’ll have to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” again to get the sense  of continuity that Ms. Harper is trying to convey in this […]

Focus on the Law: Criminal Injuries Compensation Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Tennessee certain state laws provide for innocent victims of violent crime to receive compensation.  The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1976 provides that eligible victims of crimes may get compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.  This fund is supported through fines, penalties and fees paid by criminals […]

The Chalk Board: July 27, 2015

By Sally Absher 6th, 9th Grade Orientation August 7 On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 8 a.m.-noon, the Knox County Schools will hold student orientations for rising sixth and ninth graders to help transition those students into middle and high school. Orientations will be held at all middle and high schools where the students are based. […]

You Picked a Fine to Leave Me, Chris Barbic…

By Sally Absher As maligned and unpopular as Knox County Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre has been, he must take some comfort in the fact that he’s not quite as despised as Chris Barbic, the contentious superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD). But McIntyre’s fellow Broad Superintendent Academy alumni Barbic recently announced he […]