Caring, Concerned, Committed

By Ralphine Major “She has cared for her family members unceasingly. She is concerned for the spiritual and physical welfare of those in need. She is committed to assisting others and sharing Christ with everyone she meets.” Yvonne Piercy, Director of Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, recently described Jeannette Thomas in […]

Visiting the Barter Theater

By Mike Steely Small towns do not usually boast professional theaters but Abingdon, Virginia, just northeast of Bristol and a few blocks from Interstate 81, is the exception. Only about three hours from Knoxville, the Barter Theatre there is worth a destination or a side trip. The theater was founded during the depression when a […]

Yearly Physical

By Joe Rector Today, I visited the doctor for my annual physical. It’s funny how things have changed. In my younger life, I rarely had a physical, and when I did, the entire thing consisted of checking my heart beat, determining my hearing by holding a watch up to my ears, weighing on a scale, […]

Legal and Public Notices for April 25, 2016

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE   Default having been made by the Debtors in the terms, conditions and payments of a certain purchase-money indebtedness evidenced by a promissory note and secured by the lien of a Deed of Trust of record in Instrument No. 201204090055863, in the Register’s Office for Knox County, Tennessee, executed by Donna […]

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Sally Absher On April 15, the Tennessean proclaimed “Tennessee phases out Common Core” Well, not really. It’s more lies and deception. First they told us that these were “more rigorous” standards. It is interesting that rigor is defined as a: (1) harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgement, (2) the quality of being unyielding […]

U.S. News and World Report Releases High School Rankings

By Sally Absher The U.S. News and World Report released the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools ranking and four top performing Knox County High Schools made the list. L&N STEM Academy—with a College Readiness Index (CRI) value of 61.9—ranked number 6 state-wide and number 341 nationally, earning a gold medal. (An explanation of the […]

From Rep. Harry Brooks

From Rep. Harry Brooks

It has been a week filled with long House Floor sessions this week in Nashville. However, we made progress on a few key issues. This week I would like to turn your attention to an announcement made by Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell, and Governor Haslam. For the past year or so, the Tennessee […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 25, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for April 25, 2016

Halls celebrates changes to outdoor classroom By Ken Lay   The Halls High School jazz band played some standards while the school and Halls Community had a celebration in the school’s outdoor classroom. There were games for the kids, ice cream and barbecue as Halls High had its annual celebration in the outdoor classroom Tuesday […]

Threats in Schools Are Serious

Threats in Schools Are Serious

By Steve Hunley Recently, there has been a rash of threats in our schools.  It seems like every passing day, someone has threatened to blow up a particular school or there is some other threat of serious violence.  Superintendent Jim McIntyre simply murmurs some vague reference to having “conversations” with parents and students.  My own […]

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