The Knisley Family (Part 2)

By Ralphine Major Jeff and Orlena Knisley were parents to sixteen children, fourteen of whom survived into adulthood.  I knew several of the Knisley siblings from my earliest memories at Fairview Baptist Church.  They held leadership roles in many areas of the church. Clifford Knisley worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He started the Royal Ambassador  […]

Learning their places the hard way

By Joe Rector Teenagers are a funny bunch, and freshman are always the most comical. Over my lifetime, I’ve been one and have watched many classes of them during 30 years as a teacher. They arrive at high school “wet behind the ears” but act as if they are seasoned veterans. It doesn’t take long […]

Are you an Olympian?

By Rosie Moore Did you watch the Olympics? I hope so. It is one way to applaud the athletes for all their hard work—for the years of dedication, determination, and hopes that they displayed during the games and at the finals. I had a granddaughter years ago who aspired to be in the Olympics at […]

Defensive Emphasis for Vols

By Alex Norman 4th and 14… It was the down and distance that many Vols fans have forever burned into their psyche. Making a stop on 4th and 14 against the Florida Gators last September not only would have snapped Tennessee’s 10 game losing streak to their rivals, but would have given the Vols the […]

Baby It’s Hot Outside

By Sally Absher Knox County experienced unusually warm weather during the first two weeks of school this year (or maybe KCS is just starting school in the middle of the summer now). Either way, a number of area students and parents are hot under the collar about Board of Education Policy J-260, Dress Code. What […]

Preparedness Fair Reminds Everyone to Plan for the Unexpected

The 6th Annual Family Safety and Preparedness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at World’s Fair Park.   Dozens of agencies, community organizations and businesses will answer questions and instruct classes on how people can best prepare their homes, families, pets and workplaces in case of an emergency […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 22, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for August 22, 2016

UT announces security, parking changes for Thursday game By Ken Lay For the first time since 1938 the University of Tennessee will have a Thursday night home game at Neyland Stadium. Expectations are high for the Volunteers as Coach Butch Jones enters his fourth season on Rocky Top. Tennessee will host Appalachian State on Thursday, […]

Leftist Journalist Admits Bias & Agenda

Leftist Journalist Admits Bias & Agenda

By Steve Hunley Over the years, readers will recall I have maintained there is an appalling bias in the media.  This would not be so appalling were it not presented in the guise of “news.”  There is a place for opinion and commentary, which used to be in the editorial section.  Now, virtually every news […]

The 1948 Governor’s Race in Tennessee

The 1948 Governor’s Race in Tennessee

By Ray Hill The 1948 election in Tennessee was a watershed political event. For two decades, the political partnership of senior United States senator Kenneth D. McKellar and Edward Hull Crump, leader of the Shelby County machine, had dominated Volunteer State elections. There had been numerous challenges to the McKellar – Crump alliance, but none […]

Plans for grant to curb elder abuse announced

Plans for grant to curb elder abuse announced

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When District Attorney General Charme Allen took office in September of 2014 she said the office had no one designed to deal with elder abuse and she recognized that the growing number of cases involving senior citizens needed some special attention. “It was evident immediately that we needed a specialized prosecutor […]