Tennessee’s $18.5 Million Emergency

By Sally Absher The Tennessee Department of Education ditched Pearson’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, back in 2014 after reports of problems with the online test surfaced across the nation. The department decided to continue with the TCAP for one more year while they looked for a replacement […]

UT on horizon, but TSD runner still has some business to finish

By Steve Williams Sweat was still pouring off Gashaw Duhamel several minutes after he had competed in the 3200-meter run in the East Tennessee Class A-AA State Sectional Thursday afternoon at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Of course beads of perspiration weren’t uncommon among the hundreds of talented high school track and field athletes from Happy […]

Legal and Public Notices for May 23, 2016

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 January 24, 2006, executed by ROBERT A. LONGMIRE, TAMMIE L. LONGMIRE, conveying certain real property therein described to EAST TENNESSEE TITLE PROFESSIO, as Trustee, as same appears of record in […]

Q&A with Todd Kelly Jr.

By Alex Norman   When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee junior safety Todd Kelly Jr., and talked about, among other things, his life-long connection to Knoxville and the Vols, as well as his thoughts on new Tennessee […]

Knoxville recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

Knoxville has been designated as a 2016 Playful City USA community by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that provides grants to build playgrounds in underserved communities throughout the country. (Three KaBOOM! playgrounds have been built in Knoxville to date.)   Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 23, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 23, 2016

New book may be on hand for Honor Fountain City Day By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Fountain City historian Jim Tumblin has written another book on the community and hopes to have copies available for Honor Fountain City Day on Monday, May 30th. The annual event begins at 10 a.m. and Dr. Tumblin will be the […]

Boro bound for this week’s Spring Fling

Bearden High's Jacob Sobota will be doing a lot of long jumping this week as he competes in the state decathlon and track and field meet at MTSU. The TSSAA's weeklong Spring Fling, which also includes baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, starts today and continues through Friday in Murfreesboro. PHOTO BY LUTHER SIMMONS

Boro bound for this week’s Spring Fling

By Steve Williams It’s time for the TSSAA’s annual Spring Fling. Action starts today at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with state competition in the girls’ pentathlon and boys’ decathlon. Several local area teams and individuals also will be competing for state honors through Friday in baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and track and field. […]

Dressing up for history

Dressing up for history

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you attend the State of Franklin Day at James White Fort this Saturday you may find characters there representing East Tennessee and Knoxville’s early days. The costumed actors are part of a group called Tennesseans For Living History and you’ll find them here and there around our region in different […]

The New Deal in Tennessee I

The New Deal in Tennessee I

By Ray Hill “I have got no horse no autmobel and no nothing to ride can you pleas if possible fix for me to get some help some way can you fix for me some way so my family will not purish.” So wrote a man from Newcomb, Tennessee to Congressman J. Will Taylor on […]

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