John Currie gets the call, Vol Nation Flips Its Lid

By Alex Norman Well, it finally happened. More than 6 months had passed since Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart announced that he would be retiring, leaving behind a legacy of Title IX problems, unnecessary lawsuits that cost the University millions, a coach vetting that would have been better done by a 12 year old with google, […]

Dreams, War & La La Land

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife Becky remembers her dreams; mostly I don’t. Perhaps it’s because dreams are so often random if not totally wako. Some years ago I wrote an essay about dreams concluding that no one knows why these nocturnal visions are necessary for our health. Sleep deprivation – and consequently dream deprivation […]

The Chaplain Corps

By Rosie Moore All through my life I heard the expression, “you’re never too old to learn.” And that’s so very true. I am so pleased to be able to learn something new on many occasions, something that I never heard of before or knew about. I learned this interesting piece of news from my […]

2017 Neighborhood Conference this Saturday

The 2017 Neighborhood Conference is Saturday, March 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center.   Advance registration closes at noon Tuesday, March 7. Late registration will be accepted onsite at the conference on March 11, but late registrants will not get the continental breakfast or the fancy name tag, and lunch cannot be guaranteed.   From David […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 6, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for March 6, 2017

Board of Education Approves Two Superintendent Candidates By Pete Gawda With little discussion at their meeting on Wednesday evening the Knox County Board of Education readily approved Knox County Assistant Superintendent Bob Thomas and current Hamblen County Superintendent Dale Lynch for consideration for superintendent. But it seems some board members felt there should be a […]

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Diesel fuel tax would increase 70% By Steve Hunley As you’ve read here many times, the Knoxville News Sentinel is utterly predictable.  The News Sentinel has never seen a new tax or an existing tax increase that they didn’t like. So, the Sentinel surprised no one when it proclaimed Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase […]

Homeless Camp Cleaned Up in Halls

Homeless Camp Cleaned Up in Halls

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com You may ask yourself, “How can people live like that?” Just behind several businesses in Halls you find something you don’t expect, a littered homeless camp. Normally you’d think of the random camps for street people as a downtown Knoxville problem. Yet here and there outside the city the homeless find […]

Safety Center Opponents Fill Meeting

Safety Center Opponents Fill Meeting

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been a long and bumpy road but as the idea of a Safety Center for mentally ill public offenders is within site there’s another obstacle: community reaction. With $1.5 million for each of two years that may be coming to Knox County from the state, a county and city […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality

Tennessee and American Neutrality

By 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was fast approaching perhaps the biggest crisis of his presidency, aside from the Great Depression, with war looming in Europe.  Roosevelt turned to his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull of Tennessee.  Tall, stately, dignified and reserved, if not actually austere, Cordell Hull looked like a statesman, but Hull shared some […]

Oak Ridge routs Lady Hawks to claim title

Oak Ridge routs Lady Hawks to claim title

  By Ken Lay OAK RIDGE — Hardin Valley Academy’s girls basketball team made it to the Region 2-AAA Tournament Championship Game for the first time in school history Wednesday night. But things didn’t go well for the Lady Hawks at Wildcat Arena. HVA scored the first basket of the game but its offense was […]