Breaking! Halls, Farragut, and Concord, Tn, now have 1 Gig service

  TDS Telecom bringing 1Gig Internet to Georgia and more Tennessee communities December 09, 2014 Customers gain access to fiber network; company expands TDS TV service within city limits. Residents in Farragut, Concord, and Halls, Tenn. and St. Marys, Ga., now have access to 1Gbps Internet speed, announces TDS Telecom. These communities are among the […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 8, 2014

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Benny Carroll Moody Docket Number 75660-2 Notice is hereby given that on the 21st day of November, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate of Benny Carroll Moody who died Oct 16, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson As a grandfather and a writer I know words are important.  My grandson’s use of words is increasing rapidly, and he now expresses his desires in sentences instead of a baby’s cry.  And when I write for the Focus my readers and I share a common language and understanding.  My father-in-law […]

Bowl outcome should determine whether or not Butch gets raise

By Steve Williams I’ve heard reports University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will be giving head football coach Butch Jones a contract extension and pay raise this week. From a financial standpoint, wouldn’t it make more sense to wait and see how Jones’ team does in its bowl game later this month before getting […]

‘Christmas time’s a coming’

By Ralphine Major It was the perfect start to a December day—the sighting of a baby deer in the field outside our barn.  Beauty abounds in nature this time of year, and it falls in place with the spirit of the season.  Christmas is everywhere!  You can feel it in the air.  You can […]

Mincemeat Pie anyone?

By Rosie Moore I did not make mincemeat pie this Thanksgiving simply because only I and one or two other people like it and I end up throwing most of it away, which I hate to do. But I missed it and will consider baking one for Christmas. The origin of mincemeat pie dates back to 500 […]

O Christmas Tree!

By Joe Rector The other evening, Amy sent me to her car to lug in the new Christmas tree for our home. The one we have now is so large that it takes two tree bags to store, and the darn thing weighs a ton, too much for me to wrestle in and out of […]

Focus on the Law

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Social Security disability benefits are only for individuals that are totally disabled.  Partial disability or short-term disability is not covered.  Disability under Social Security requires that a person be unable to do the work that they did prior to their disability;  the person must be unable to adjust to […]

Lynne Fugate Loses It at School Board Public Forum

By Sally Absher Last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting was, for the most part, a somber and subdued affair, but things got lively quickly immediately following Public Forum. Former board Chair Lynne Fugate took the floor to address some of the things said in public forum. It quickly becomes obvious she can’t stand applause during […]

Elimination of SAT-10 Survives Board of Education Review

By Sally Absher There was a somber overtone at last Wednesday’s regular Board of Education meeting. It was just one day after the tragic collision between school buses from Chilhowee Intermediate School and Sunnyview Primary School on Ashville Highway took the lives of Zykia Burns, 6, and Seraya Glasper, 7, both students at Sunnyview […]