Hoping for Change

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I have to admit that I missed the Vols’ recent come from behind victory over South Carolina.  Becky and I tried to hang in, but when our guys were down fourteen points late in the fourth quarter we went to bed.  It’s not because we are fickle fans.  It’s just that […]

Roll Around Heaven All Day

By Joe Rector Last Sunday, our church celebrated All Saints Day. It’s a time to remember those who have passed over the last year. The minister did a good job of talking about those individuals, and he suggested that we all are saints in the making. I don’t necessarily agree that I’m a saint, and […]

Peyton

It is a very important act of honor and respect.  I have seen it shown countless times in the news.  Usually, it is the United States President placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I was amazed to learn that a young man from Tennessee was chosen to participate in this special […]

BOE Ends SAT-10 Test for K-2

By Sally Absher In a special call meeting during the BOE work session last week, The Board of Education voted to discontinue the highly controversial K-2 standardized assessment, also known as the SAT-10, for the district’s kindergarten, first, and second graders. A collective shout of joy went up from the county’s roughly 12,000 students in […]

Focus on the Law: More on Adoption in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Adoption is covered by Chapter 1 of Title 36 of the Tennessee Code Annotated as well as by multiple court decisions interpreting the same.  The process of adoption is a legal proceeding which permanently transfers the parental rights and responsibilities relating to a child from the biological family to […]

Another School System Scandal

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Wednesday during the regular KCS BOE meeting, Amber Rountree initiated a request for an external forensic audit of the Knox County Schools credit cards. Rountree made the request after seeing media reports detailing the termination of Roger Underwood, the district’s accounts payable supervisor. Underwood admitted to using KCS credit cards […]

Fifth Third Bank/Rebuilding Together Home Rebuild Project

Each year as Veterans Day approaches, I look forward to covering one event more than any other. The”Fifth Third Bank /Rebuild Project.”  What makes this event, so special is how many volunteers come together for one day to make a lifetime of difference. People from all walks of life, bankers, politicians, construction workers, and many […]

Knoxville Focus for November 10, 2014

Another School System Scandal By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Wednesday during the regular KCS BOE meeting, Amber Rountree initiated a request for an external forensic audit of the Knox County Schools credit cards. Rountree made the request after seeing media reports detailing the termination of Roger Underwood, the district’s accounts payable supervisor. Underwood admitted to […]

The Veterans in Our Neighborhoods

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Many of our veterans and their families lining up for the Veterans Day Parade tomorrow may know of the various services available to them in Knox County but many may not realize the sheer volume of services, agencies, and benefits available. Surviving veterans and their families may choose from a variety […]

Back to Back! Catholic Girls win 2nd Straight State Title

By Alex Norman It was a chilly afternoon in Murfreesboro, but the Knoxville Catholic Lady Fighting Irish burned up the main field of the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. In a contest in which they were rarely challenged, Catholic (19-6) beat Notre Dame 4-0 to capture their second straight Class A-AA Championship in Saturday, November 1. […]