Opening Day Excitement

By Joe Rector The other morning, Facebook filled with photos of children posing in new clothes and shoes and with the latest back packs and lunch boxes. The official first day of school for Knox County and some other area schools brought in hordes of kids and teachers. I still don’t understand why the school […]

An American Scene

By Ralphine Major It is a scene right out of rural America—little Abbey and her grandfather riding on a John Deere tractor on a gorgeous summer evening with those “spacious skies” and mountains in the background and the American flag blowing in the breeze!  How much more American can it be? Abbey is her […]

The bumper stickers of life

By Rosie Moore Rev. Dale E. Marshall is our interim minister at my church until we get a permanent one. One Sunday he mentioned in his sermon “bumper stickers”–I don’t really remember in what context he mentioned those words, but, immediately my mind began whirring and when it does that I have to put my […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   To experience wonderful things you sometimes have to move out of your comfort zone. This can be a willingness to consider the perspectives of others or it can be a willingness to travel. These days, destination weddings are in vogue. My daughter’s destination wedding was at the top of my […]

Fittingly, 2013 season opener at Gibbs ended under a full moon

By Steve Williams It was a high school football season opener worth recalling. I can’t remember ever seeing a better one, and that’s going back to the mid-1960s. On Aug. 23, 2013, I was covering the Carter at Gibbs opener for The Knoxville Focus. On this night, I took my notes on the visitors’ sideline. […]

Legal and Public Notices for August 17, 2015

    NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated May 28, 2010, executed by SHELBY EDWARDS, conveying certain real property therein described to RESIDENTIAL TITLE & ESCROW, LLC, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 17, 2015

Overflow crowd at Botanical Garden Welcome Center By Mike Steely More than two hundred people, including current, future and past elected officials, attended the dedication of the new Welcome Center Friday at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Anna Ford, Interim Executive Director, welcomed the large audience by noting that Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee […]

It’s not good to confuse the voter

By Steve Hunley By this time, readers of The Knoxville Focus realize you won’t find the voice of the political or business establishment inside these pages.  We have plenty of other local media for that.  Yet some folks are mighty slow in realizing the general public is growing more and more restive under the existing […]

Strawberry Plains Library gets computer grant

  By Mike Steely The Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Strawberry Plains will have a state of the art computer lab thanks to a $9,000 grant. Donna Phillips, director of the library at 3133 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, announced the grant last week. The library serves residents in the area that is split between Knox, […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part II

By Ray Hill Luke Lea had not only survived the intense political wars in Tennessee, but had profited from them. Elected to the United States Senate in 1911, Lea’s alliance with “Independent” Democrats and Republicans had created a “fusionist” combine that held the governorship, both seats in the United States Senate and the Tennessee House […]