Knoxville Stomp — Festival of Lost Music lineup announcement

  Knoxville Stomp – an unprecedented “Festival of Lost Music” –comes to downtown Knoxville the first weekend in May Headlined by Dom Flemons, the full lineup includes a diverse array of musicians, writers, scholars, and collectors The Knoxville Stomp, May 5-8, 2016, is a live celebration of recordings made by local and regional artists in the summer […]

Critical Legal Issues Should Take Precedence

By Sally Absher   At last week’s Board of Education meeting, Karen Carson again admonished the Law Department for not having provided the full legal opinion requested on January 6 related to the 2003 Order of Compromise. Many people are curious why the school board sent the Law Department on this errand to begin with. […]

Hannah Delk, Talented Young Artist

By Ralphine Major She is nineteen years old, but already talented beyond her years.  She is a native of North Knoxville and attended Inskip Elementary, Gresham Middle, and Central High Schools.  She specializes in drawing portraits of people.  It could be said that Hannah Delk gets her artistic ability from her mother, Denise, who has […]

Book Time

By Rosie Moore Nothing better to do on these cold wintry days? Read a book! I received three books at Christmastime and, to me, that’s the best gift: “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks, “Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwall, and “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin, who was his lawyer. I will give a short synopsis of […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes you realize what’s right only after seeing what’s wrong. A majority of Americans now believe our country is on the wrong track, and only party apparatchiks and the Washington “beltway boys” think otherwise. Even Hillary and Bernie say that times are tough in our country. And only the willfully uninformed […]

Toiling with tools

By Joe Rector I so much want to be one of those men who can build things. To be a craftsman who takes a piece of wood and creates a beautiful piece of furniture is a dream I’ve long held. The truth of the matter, however, is that I am less than capable when it […]

The Chalk Board for February 22, 2016

By Sally Absher Waiver Granted for TNReady Test Scores Last week Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced that in light of difficulties with the MIST platform for the online TNReady test, they are proposing that TNReady data not be included in this year’s teacher evaluations. Knox County Board of Education helped […]

Mother Nature is often a sports fan… and it’s not all bad news

By Steve Williams This and that: Last Friday afternoon’s unseasonably warmer weather, with the temperature in the 60s, came just in time for Tennessee’s baseball season opener against Memphis. It reminded me of how often hot summer days in late August suddenly give way to cooler temps and low humidity just in time for football […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 22, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for February 22, 2016

Bud Armstrong— ‘The People’s Lawyer’ By Steve Hunley Less and less it seems people in public office can identify with the average person; people who go to work every day, work hard to put food on the table, buy braces for their kids and understand the value of a dollar. Richard “Bud” Armstrong is one […]