THE CHALK BOARD: July 20, 2015

By Sally Absher  Teacher Supply Depot Donations Sought It may be the last thing on your kids’ mind, but Knox County teachers are starting to think about getting their classrooms ready for students – who will be back in school in less than a month. Supplies like pencils, pens, paper, calculators and notebooks add up […]

Is Your Child in a Failing School District?

By Sally Absher Randy Turner, a former English Teacher, writes in the online edition of the Huffington Post that there are better ways than test scores to tell if your child is in a “failing school district.” We at The Focus decry the term “failing school” – KCS has many great schools and excellent teachers […]

Focus on the Law: Spaying and neutering pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Humane Society of the United States’ website, “about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year.” This problem of pet overpopulation can be reduced by spaying and neutering pets. In Tennessee state law requires that dogs and cats being […]

The Angry American

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I had planned to write about cognitive aging, but then the Planned Parenthood video exposed the depravity of this organization and its agents. Recently, I wrote about the “moral vacuum” which occurs when religion is no longer considered relevant or hip and is replaced by the State. Secularism without a moral […]

Legal and Public Notices for July 20, 2015

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 March 5, 2009, executed by JASON B. PHILLIPS AND AMY L. PHILLIPS, conveying certain real property therein described to MATT B. MURFREE, as Trustee, as same appears of record in […]

Knoxville Focus for July 20, 2015

Missing Fort Adair Historic Marker located   By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Fountain City, like many neighborhoods in Knoxville, is growing. Growth means changes and sometimes those changes, although welcomed, destroy something meaningful that was there before. The Fort Adair Historic Marker, which stood on Broadway near a stone monument that was erected in 1924 by […]

Area Eagle Scout gives Fountain City Park a face lift

By Ken Lay Fountain City Park got a bit of a much needed face lift, courtesy of an area Eagle Scout candidate recently. Nicholas West, an 18-year old Halls resident undertook the project, which was a requirement for earning the Eagle Scout ranking from Boy Scouts of America. West, a recent Bearden High School graduate […]

‘Hillbilly Bill:’ Congressman J. Will Taylor

By Ray Hill   For twenty years, James Willis Taylor was the Congressman from Tennessee’s Second Congressional district. J. Will Taylor, popularly known to many of his constituents as “Hillbilly Bill,” was a power in both the national Republican Party and the Tennessee GOP. Born August 28, 1880 near Lead Mine Bend in Union County, […]

Karns coach recalls Morristown’s season in Little League spotlight

  By Steve Williams Ron Eller remembers when Morristown made it all the way to the Little League Baseball World Series in 1985. “That team played the year after me,” recalled Eller, who finished play in the Morristown Little League program in 1984 and now, 31 years later, is head coach of Karns’ 12-year-old All-Star […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

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