Second Saturday Concerts at The Cove continue this weekend

Knox County Parks and Recreation’s Second Saturday Concerts at The Cove finish up the 2016 season this Saturday, Sept. 10 with cover band Vinyl Mania. They will perform popular rock cover songs.   The free, family friendly concerts will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore […]

Costs Associated With Being Arrested

By  Jedidiah McKeehan When people get arrested, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Oh no, I’m going to jail and who knows how long I’ll have to stay.” But what they often forget about is the enormous cost that can be associated just with getting arrested and going — to court even if the […]

Passing the torch

By Joe Rector I began a new job as a substitute teacher at the beginning of the school year. The first couple of days were rough as I reacquainted myself with teenaged students. I’d spent 30 years as a teacher but had been gone from the school setting and the classroom for a long time. […]

‘The Standard’

By Ralphine Major It was 1947 when an 18-year-old student graduated from Halls High School in Halls Crossroads, Tennessee.  He found his first job in downtown Knoxville at the Standard Knitting Mills.  Eugene (Gene) Harrington would spend the next 42 years at “The Standard.”  It was the only place he ever worked. “He loved the […]

Vols edge Appalachian State

By Alex Norman Well, that didn’t go as expected. The ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers were supposed to open the 2016 season at Neyland Stadium with a convincing win over an Appalachian State team that, on paper, doesn’t have nearly the talent level as the Vols. Instead, it was the underdog Mountaineers that outplayed their hosts for […]

Vols’ opener: A nightmare with a good ending

By Steve Williams Be honest Tennessee football fans. When you woke up Friday morning, did you feel good about how your Vols played in their season opener the night before? Coach Butch Jones told us “1-0 is 1-0” on his post-game show after the come-from-behind 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State Thursday night at Neyland […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately, grandchildren have been on my mind a lot. Becky and I kept the two known as the “cute ones” over the weekend, and my other daughter, who lives in Portland Oregon, is in labor as I begin this essay. Thirty-seven years ago my wife, Becky, was in labor with our […]

Twenty-One Vendors to Participate in 15th Annual Taste of Blount

Top Blount County restaurants to offer samples of their fare Chicken salad croissants, steak martinis, cookies and crème cupcakes and Zwiebelkuchen (Zwie-bel-ku-chen) are just some of the savory food favorites you’ll find at the 15th annual Taste of Blount which is set of Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 6, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 6, 2016

Elected officials take the oath of office By Mike Steely “The new school board represents a historic change and opportunity and sets the stage for real change in the educational process in Knox County,” said new Board of Education member Tony Norman of District 3. Norman was among several newly elected or re-elected county […]

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