History repeats itself

By Joe Rector For some reason, I feel as if my writing has been more on rants than lighter topics. I’d like that to change, but too many topics cry out for attention. The most recent topic deals with the latest Holocaust news. It seems that history repeats itself. According to CBS’s “Sixty Minutes,” Father […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Most of us think of a natural disaster when we encounter the word quake. Actually, the word in our English lexicon can be either a noun or an intransitive verb, as in shake or vibrate. But this week I want to challenge you with an additional definition of quake, and […]

Legal and Public Notices for October 12, 2015

foreclosure notices   SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   Sale at public auction will be on October 19, 2015 on or about 11:00AM local time, at the North door, Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by BRADLEY C CORUM AND […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 12, 2015

  October Board of Education Meetings Yield Unexpected Outcomes By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen […]

Publisher’s Position: Non-profit Politics

By Steve Hunley If anything in this town epitomizes the establishment, it is Leadership Knoxville.  Ostensibly an organization to indoctrinate those deemed worthy enough to be invited to participate on government, process and politics.  For a few years now, Leadership Knoxville has held a school for candidates. For a mere $50, prospective candidates got lunch […]

Bobcats a big hit in Late Late Show, 48-14

By Steve Williams Senior Night at Central High turned into the Late Late Show starring Jeremiah Howard, Jadarius Sackie and the guys in the trenches. A thunderstorm delayed the start of the annual Battle of Black Oak Ridge against Halls for 1 hour and 20 minutes. The game finally got underway at 9:10 and ended […]

Davy Crockett

  By Ray Hill   The first real media marketing campaign began in December of 1954 when Walt Disney aired Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter.  It was the first of three episodes planned by Disney based on the life of the Tennessee frontiersman.  The Disney movie starring Fess Parker inspired a genuine craze with youngsters demanding […]

The Pint House to celebrate 10 years

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Thoai (Ty) Ho and his brother Thuc Ho started a little tavern next door to their parent’s successful restaurant. Ten years later, The Pint House has grown and become a thriving neighborhood pub. The T.Ho Vietnamese Restaurant was open for 26 years but didn’t serve beer. The brothers thought that a […]

Growing up in Skaggston

Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong grew up in the Skaggston area and attended the elementary school there. From there, he went to Carter High School and graduated from UT. He received a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. Armstrong served TVA for 32 years as […]

Suit Alleges Pattern of Illegal Segregation of Children with Disabilities by KCS and TDOE

By Sally Abshert As we reported last week on Knox Focus 24/7, three Knoxville preschool and elementary school children and their parents have filed suit in United States District Court in Nashville against Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education.  (http://24×7.knoxfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4-First-Amended-Complaint.pdf) The suit alleges that children with pervasive disabilities such as autism, intellectual […]