Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents: ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “The Haunting of Hill House” a live theatre version of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel” especially adapted for young people, ages 11 and older, and families.  The play will be performed October 28 through November 13, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sundays at […]

Legal and Public Notices for the week of October 24, 2016

  NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Lynette K. Martin executed a Deed of Trust to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., Lender and Larry A. Weissman, Trustee(s), which was dated May 5, 2010 and recorded on May 7, 2010 in Instrument No. 201005070070015, Knox County, […]

A Fall Pause

By Ralphine Major I paused for a moment when I saw it.  The simple beauty of a church steeple wrapped in an early morning fog slowed my work on a long list of things to do.  I marveled at its powerful and majestic impact as it towered toward the sky.  Even more amazing is the […]

The difference between probation and parole

By Jedidiah McKeehan Two common legal terms that are often confused are probation and parole. While these terms are used frequently, there are some similarities and some differences. Probation generally happens before going to jail.  Probation is what a defendant will receive when a sentence has been suspended.  A suspended sentence means that they will serve […]

Green Metal Chairs

By Joe Rector Last spring, Amy and I traveled to Cookeville to help sort through her aunt’s possessions. She suffers from Alzheimer’s and resides in an assisted living community. To pay for her stay there, the house had to be sold. Family came to box up her items, and they took home some things […]

How do we get allergies?

By Rosie Moore After a few months of sniffling, itching, and sneezing, I finally went to an allergist. What he told me after going through some needle-ing tests, amazed me. I was allergic to weeds, some trees and mold. What! Me! Allergic to Mother Nature, whom I love with all my heart? I have two […]

Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, I’ve considered leaving my column at The Knoxville Focus. I’ve written weekly essays for ten years, but that’s not the issue. I ask myself, “What does it matter?” Maybe it doesn’t, but my sense of  duty is to “man-up” even if that verbiage is threatening to some college kids and […]

When it came down to making one more play, Butch muffed it

Butch Jones should have gone for two! Sorry, I can’t let it go. If he had, I really believe Tennessee would have made it and beaten Texas A&M in regulation. Then that 49-10 loss to Alabama would have been a little easier to swallow. Then we would be 3-1 in SEC play going into this […]

Obama Edict to Affect Testing in Schools

Obama Edict to Affect Testing in Schools

By Steve Hunley For those teachers who have rallied around Board of Education member Amber Rountree’s resolution urging that the State of Tennessee issue a waiver for the TN Ready scores, the recent edict from the Obama administration must have been a blow.  Rountree is proposing a resolution asking that the State of Tennessee not […]