Beep! Beep! Big plays power Roadrunners past Halls, 46-22

By Steve Williams Austin-East quarterback Darius Harper is known for his passing arm, but it was his legs that broke Halls’ back Friday night. After the Red Devils had rallied to within eight points of A-E early in the fourth quarter, Harper avoided being thrown for a huge loss and ran into the end zone […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part IV

By Ray Hill   Once again happily married, doting on his newborn daughter, former United States Senator Luke Lea concentrated upon reducing his indebtedness after his return from the World War.  Frequently discussed as a potential candidate for high office, Lea made no move to seek election, but he was becoming more and more influential […]

Knoxville’s Safety City Teaches

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville is the only city in Tennessee with a special “Safety City” that teaches children, especially 2nd graders, about traffic and fire safety. The facility, at 165 South Concord Street between Sutherland Avenue and Kingston Pike, is a city in miniature and hosts more than 15,000 children, parents, teachers and groups […]

Sevier County edges West 29-26

By Alex Norman Perhaps the most entertaining football game of the week took place on Thursday, August 27th in Knoxville. Sevier County and Knoxville West, two teams with the potential to play well into November, gave a regional television audience a show. In the end it was the right foot of Smoky Bears kicker Anthony […]

Visit Knoxville visiting ideas on Airbnb

Good morning, Dan Andrews over at the news desk and here is a tourism update. Just got this information from the Director of Visit Knoxville, Kim Bumpas. I am printing it verbatim. “Hey Dan, We are looking at Airbnb as an industry. This has just started to get big so all CVB’s across the country […]

Regal Rowdies -Fans that change the game

Every team has that group of passionate fans. For the University of Tennessee soccer team, the “Regal Rowdies” are ground zero of that movement. So who are the Regal Rowdies? Well, the Rowdies are a group of dedicated, passionate, soccer fans, which provide an amazing “soccer ambiance” to the game. With their drum beating, loud […]

The Chalk Board: August 24, 2015

By Sally Absher Superintendent School Visits Dr. McIntyre will wrap up his morning school visits during the week of August 24 as follows: Monday Aug. 24 – Brickey-McCloud Elementary, Halls Elementary, Halls High Friday Aug. 28 – New Hopewell Elementary, Bonny Kate Elementary, South-Doyle Middle.   Local High Schools Make Newsweek’s Ranking List Last week […]

Value Added Modeling on Trial in New York

By Sally Absher   Valerie Strauss, writing at the Washington Post (08/15/2015), provided a report last week of a high-profile New York court case brought by Great Neck public school district fourth-grade teacher Sheri G. Lederman. Leiderman is suing state education officials over the controversial method used to evaluate her, and other New York Teachers. […]

Focus on the Law: Double Jeopardy

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee prohibit double jeopardy. Article I, section 10 of the Tennessee Constitution reads “That no person shall, for the same offense, be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The concept of being put […]

College Costs

By Joe Rector Attending college is an expensive venture for young people these days. My two children made it through before the prices skyrocketed; the cash we forked out was still close to a king’s ransom, but nothing like what students face today. Somehow we managed to get through without owing stacks of money. My […]