The Meaning of Things

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Words are the tools we use to express our thoughts.” (I occasionally like to quote myself.) It’s probably good we can’t read each other’s minds, so we’re left with body language and our linguistic communication tools. I sit on an advisory board for the care of the aging, and was recently […]

Christian Books

By Rosie Moore I went to the Public Library recently to get some reading material. I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted so I hurriedly latched on to two books and hoped for the best. I was rewarded for my haphazardness because the books I picked gave me food for thought. “The Wonder […]

More than just fireworks

By Joe Rector July 4th is one of only a few days that has become a national holiday. We Americans know how to celebrate it with style. We spend bundles on explosives that fizz or whir or boom for a few minutes, and all we’re left with are aching ears, smoke-filled eyes, and empty pockets. […]

May God Bless America

By Ralphine Major It was a simple gesture.  As the words of “America the Beautiful” rang throughout the church, a lady in the balcony started waving her flag.  Then another waved—and another.  I watched as everyone in the church began waving their flags.  It was a moving and humbling sight as hundreds of American […]

The Chalk Board for the week of June 27, 2016

By Sally Absher   Zaevion Dobson to Receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award ESPN reports that Zaevion Dobson will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS next month. Zaveion, a Fulton High School football player, was shot to death last December while shielding two girls from gunfire. Just 15 years old at […]

Overnight water line installation to close Cumberland Avenue

Starting at 10 p.m. Monday, June 27, a contractor will be installing a new water line across Cumberland Avenue, promoting a closure of Cumberland between 17th and 19th streets until 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.   Overnight work by Southern Constructors Inc. crews on the project will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well, […]

Legal and Public Notices for the week of June 27, 2016

  SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   Sale at public auction will be on September 1, 2016 on or about 10:00AM local time, at the North Side Entrance, City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by PATRICK […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 27, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for June 27, 2016

Fountain City bridge replacement brings improved facade, pedestrian options A new 58-foot-long bridge, adjacent to First Baptist Church and Fountain City United Methodist Church, was officially opened last Wednesday. The bridge feeds traffic to Gresham Middle School and Fountain City Presbyterian Church. Added improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, a stairway down to Fountain Road and […]

1st Annual Firecracker 250 planned

1st Annual Firecracker 250 planned

By Mike Steely Want to do something different that the kids might love too? How about going to the First Annual Firecracker 250 on Saturday, July 2 at the Smokey Mountain RC Raceway? RC (or Radio Controlled) race cars aren’t like our childhood Hot Wheels or Slot Cars but are those toys’ bigger brothers. […]

Jacobs Insurance: Superstars in more ways than one

Jacobs Insurance: Superstars in more ways than one

By Mike Steely What insurance agent in Knoxville is “bigger than life,” known just about anywhere he goes and is active in various causes in our area? The answer is Glenn Jacobs, owner of Jacobs Insurance Associates, LLC. Jacobs might be better known as “Kane,” a WWE wrestling champion who is still active in […]

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