Update- Mayor Rogero and her trip to China

This is the information just given to us from the Office of the Mayor. This information comes from the desk of City of Knoxville Communications Specialist Jesse Mayshark.   — Here is some info on the trip to China:   Plans are still incomplete and not confirmed.  Mayor Rogero Has been invited to participate in […]

Mayor Rogero meets with students from Beijing

On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Rogero greeted students from the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. They are spending two weeks at the University of Tennessee this summer. During the meeting Mayor Rogero announced that she is planning on visiting China later this year. This will be an official government visit. The visit is being coordinated by […]

Read a good book

By Rosie Moore There is nothing like reading a good book on a rainy, muggy summer day, which we’ve been having a lot of lately. For the history buffs you must not miss Ken Follett’s book, “Winter of the World.” I say history buffs because this tome is a historical novel 940 pages long, you need […]

Musical Chair Principals

By Joe Rector It’s hard to believe that July 4th marked the middle of summer for school kids. I still reel with the knowledge that schools open their doors the first part of August or the last of July in some places. What happened to the policy that school began the day after Labor Day? […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds

By Ralphine Major In the spring of 1964, Coach Bob Dagley had just completed his first year of coaching at Gibbs High School.  They started practicing basketball again with those who would make up the 1964-65 team.  The coach always scrimmaged other schools, but especially liked to scrimmage Kingston.  “They were in the state tournament […]

Still Some Bad Guys in Sports…

By Alex Norman Last week I dropped some serious knowledge on you good people with an article titled “Still Some Good Guys in Sports.” This week I’m back with an article titled “Still Some Bad Guys in Sports.” I’m nothing if not consistent… Recently Urban Meyer made it a mission to find ways to absolve […]

The Real Blind Side

By Sarah Baker bakers@knoxfocus.com Many of you probably saw a block buster movie a few years ago called The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock. The movie tells the true story of Michael Oher, a traumatized kid who goes on to become a first round NFL draft pick with the help of Leigh Anne Tuohy and […]

Focus on the Law: Mental Health Commitments

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “Commitment” is the common term used to describe the group of procedures for detaining or admitting someone who is mentally ill in Tennessee.  There are four basic procedures and they are covered in Tennessee Code, Title 33.  In summary, these procedures are as follows: Voluntary Admission.  A person may […]

Conscience

“To go against conscience is neither right nor safe.” Martin Luther By Dr. Jim Ferguson Perhaps it’s a bit late to talk about Independence Day, but I wanted everyone to know that Knoxville Tennessee was named the most patriotic city in the United States according to a recent USA Today poll.  I realize most polls […]