The Big Read: “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines

Knox County Public Library, Friends of the Library, Clarence Brown Theatre, and the Public Defender’s Community Law Office are joining forces on The Big Read   A common experience of a story can bring a community together to help face its truths. Knox County Public Library is pleased to partner with Clarence Brown Theatre, Friends […]

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable Meeting

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable Meeting

  Norman Shaw, founder of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, will lecture on “The Loss of the Sultana: America’s Worst Maritime Disaster.” Norman, a retired title attorney, started the Association of Sultana Descendants in 1987 and he also coordinated and planned most of the groups 28 annual reunions.  Norman also worked with the “Blue and Gray Magazine” on a special Sultana […]

Oak Ridge Chorus Concert: A Delight for Music-lovers

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the Oak Ridge Chorus, led by Chorus Director Seth Maples, in a delightful performance of music by some of the greatest B-named composers, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. “In honor of this season’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony […]

Lady Vols’ season is shaky, but Holly has time to make some changes

By Steve Williams The Tennessee Lady Vols are wobbling, but there’s still time to make them stronger for a post-season run. Coach Holly Warlick just needs to do some tweaking. With 11 games remaining before the SEC tourney, here are my recommendations: Work the ball inside more to 6-2 senior Bashaara Graves. After all, she’s […]

Recruiting Remains a Cesspool

By Alex Norman The stories are as bad as we think. Coaches willing to break NCAA rules to woo a recruit to their university.  The NCAA and their member institutions turning a blind eye because the unpaid labor brings in billions.  College athletics has never been more popular or more profitable, and it’s becoming harder […]

Uppers and downers

By Rosie Moore Lets start with the downers first. I thought I was the only one who started the year 2016 on the wrong note but as I glanced in the newspaper each day I noticed that many other people were leaving us, most of them from that horrible big “C.” Glenn Frey, who with […]

Ashley’s Gift II

It was awesome to see a teenager holding a hymnbook in today’s high-tech world!  Last week’s column featured young Ashley Boruff in a photo taken by her mother, Candy, during recording.  I knew there must be some hymns on her new CD.  There are!  “The CD has a little bit of gospel, bluegrass, and contemporary,” […]

Legal and Public Notices for January 25, 2016

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   Sale at public auction will be on February 18, 2016 on or about 11:00AM local time, at the North door, Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by CLARENCE HENEGAR AND TRAYCEE MAYNARD HENEGAR, to […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 25, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for January 25, 2016

McIntyre Contract Settlement Agreement Approved By Sally Absher The KCS Board of Education approved a contract settlement at a special called meeting last Tuesday, January 19. Dr. McIntyre will be “voluntarily” resigning on July 8, 2016, and will be receiving a lump sum payment of one year salary ($227,256) on or before February 15. […]

Legislature Back in Session

Legislature Back in Session

By Steve Hunley If the old adage about the country only being in danger when Congress is in session, Tennesseans are in danger as the legislature is in session.  There’s already been considerable speculation about whether the “honeymoon” between the governor and the legislature is over; frankly, it seems obvious to me it was over […]

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