Sevier County Economic Development Council to Host Job Fairs

The Sevier County Economic Development Council, the Cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville along with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development will be hosting two job fairs in July targeting potential employees in surrounding counties. The first job fair is on Thursday, July 20 at Tennessee Smokies Park in Kodak and the […]

Saturday at the Seymour Farmers Market

Saturday at the Seymour Farmers Market

On Saturday, July 22, the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department will be at Seymour Farmers Market with their big red fire truck from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Information on fire safety will be provided. They will have a family activity tent set up with face painting and hats for the kids. They will also be grilling hot dogs […]

4th City Council District Go Vote! Knoxville public meeting tomorrow

When: 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017   Where: Milton Roberts Recreation Center, 5900 Asheville Highway   Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero, 4th District Councilman Nick Della Volpe, Knox County Election Commission staff, 4th District neighborhood leaders, and candidates running for Council seats in the 2017 City elections     In the Aug. 29 primary […]

Neighborhood groups get on the map

Neighborhood groups get on the map

Looking for local neighborhood groups, their boundaries and their contact info?   Now there’s a map for that.   The Office of Neighborhoods (OON) collaborated with the Knoxville Knox County Geographical Information System (KGIS) and the City’s Engineering Department to integrate Knoxville’s neighborhood groups, homeowners’ associations and neighborhood watch groups into the multitude of maps […]

Thank you UT Veterinary Medical Center

Pictured at the UT Veterinary Medical Center are (Front row, left to right): Dr. Diane Hendrix, Carol Tuft, Lauren Webb (with Opie), Dawn Hickey, Jamie Stuffle, (back row) Tonya Foster, Dr. Hannah McLean, Ashley Colantoni, Jordan Neely and Dr. Marti Drum. Not pictured are orthopedic surgeons Dr. Kyle Snowdon and Dr. Whitney DeGroot.

Thank you UT Veterinary Medical Center

By Steve Hunley If like me, you have a pet you realize that precious creature is a part of the family. Regular readers of The Focus will recall the frequent mentions of my little Jack Russell terrier, Opie. From the time I saw him, I instantly bonded with him. Naturally, my love for Opie […]

Goodwill Foundation of Knoxville, Inc. Announces ‘Football Kickoff 2017’ Fundraising Event

Goodwill Foundation of Knoxville, Inc. announces “Football Kickoff 2017” set for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This new event features several well-known authorities on Tennessee sports, Bob Kesling, Tim Priest, Jeff Francis, Pat Ryan, and Brett Hubbs, and will be held at the Lauricella Center located inside Neyland Stadium on the […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Communication is a delicate art, and unfortunately, too often taken for granted. Do words adequately convey our thoughts? You can read my words, but they are, at best, a reflection of my thoughts. Plato’s illusion of the cave comes to mind. Direct conversation is better than the written word because the […]

Vols at SEC Media Days

By Alex Norman It is the unofficial start of college football season… the return of SEC Media Days to the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. It is a people-watching paradise, especially the hundreds of Alabama fans that converge on the small lobby of the hotel, standing around for hours just for a glimpse of their […]

What is it?

By Ralphine Major At first glance, it is difficult to see where the picture begins or ends. The black and white ball of fur on a bed of leaves shows a glimpse of nature few people would ever stumble across. The rare photo was taken by Caroline McGinnis and shared with me by her father-in-law, […]

Books and Movies

By Rosie Moore I don’t go to movies any more but I do watch them on TV and it’s surprising how many wonderful movies are derived from wonderful books. Alas, so many movies today are full of violence, murder, and mayhem, with just a sprinkling of love thrown in sometimes. I am now reading “The […]