Paying It Forward in Halls

By Mike Steely A recent story about a caring auto repair shop and a destitute customer drew a lot of attention from readers of The Knoxville Focus. As the holiday season unfolds there are, no doubt, many more incidents of concerned and compassionate people doing acts of kindness. Take the actions of a concerned […]

Knox County’s Little Communities

By Mike Steely Knoxville and Knox County are growing fast. New subdivisions, apartments, and condos seem to spring up weekly as our area booms with new residents, new businesses, and new homes. We’re growing and changing so fast that sometimes we forget those older established communities located here and there that were never large […]

Judy, Prisoner of War and Hero

By Ray Hill I tried hard to think of a special story for readers for Christmas.  For this most special time of the year it finally occurred to me that I would share a very interesting story of Judy, an English Pointer.  For those of you who enjoy history and love dogs, this is a […]

State champion Halls cheerleaders ‘love’ serving community

By Steve Williams A little kindness can produce big results, says Alex Yanniello, a Halls High School cheerleader. It’s that belief that has driven Halls’ cheerleading squad to go out and help others during the holidays. “I love participating in community service especially during the holiday season because with one small act of kindness I […]

Scoreless tie nets third place for Knights

By Ken Lay The Knoxville Knights didn’t win Thursday night. They didn’t even score but they were able to take sole possession of third place in the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association High School standings. Knoxville, which won the regular-season championship and made the State Tournament, played the Bearden/Karns Ice Dawgs to a 0-0 tie at […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 14, 2015

foreclosure notices     NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Shuron Maurice Thomas executed a Deed of Trust to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Advanced Financial Services, Inc., Lender and Marc A. Rosser, Esq., Trustee(s), which was dated September 20, 2008 and recorded on October 2, 2008 […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I lost my whistle recently. Many years ago my little girl tearfully reported losing her whistle after a trip to the dentist. Apparently, a shot of anesthetic to prevent pain from the dentist’s drill numbed her lip and affected her pucker. We smiled and reassured her that her whistle would soon […]

Diversity at What Expense?

By Joe Rector Everyone seems to be piling on in regard to the UT situation and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s handling of it. I’ve read the clippings from most of the major players involved, and after having done so, I’m adding my “two-cents worth, whether it’s needed or not. Folks, we all do dumb things in […]

A Christmas Parade, Gibbs Style

By Ralphine Major It was a beautiful day for a parade!  On Sunday, December 6, the Gibbs Christmas Parade was nearly 120 entries strong, a far cry from the first parade six years ago. My vantage point was different this year.  Instead of watching from the sidelines, I was in it.  Dressed as Piddle Diddle, […]

Knox County BOE Resolution Goes Viral

By Sally Absher When the Knox County Board of Education passed Amber Rountree’s resolution to exclude the new TNReady state test scores from teacher evaluations this year, even she didn’t know how far reaching it would be.  The very next morning, Rountree reported that she had already gotten requests for a copy of the resolution […]