Meeting Nikki Giovanni

Meeting Nikki Giovanni

By Sarah Baker As a literature teacher, there is no bigger thrill than meeting an author whose work you have taught.  I have been teaching Nikki Giovanni’s poetry for 14 years, and I had the privilege of meeting her last weekend at Union Avenue Books.  Giovanni gave two readings at the cozy bookstore on Saturday […]

Upcoming events at The King’s Academy

Upcoming events at The King’s Academy

18th Annual Spring Golf Tournament Everybody and their brother has a golf tournament these days, but few people have been doing it as long The King’s Academy. Launched by academy alumnus Dan Whitson (’58) in 1994, this spring rite of passage is generally held the second Saturday in May.  The SWAT format means lots of […]

Former local prep stars shine for football Vols

Former local prep stars shine for football Vols

By Steve Williams Cody Blanc’s first spring football practice at UT was a success and head coach Derek Dooley foresees good things down the road for the former Knoxville Central High School standout. Blanc, a 6-1, 200-pound receiver, capped spring drills with three catches for 38 yards in the Orange and White game at Neyland […]

Poll Results Should Send A Message

Poll Results Should Send A Message

By Steve Hunley The latest poll conducted by The Focus should send a message to the members of the Knox County Charter Review Commission. More than 85% of those polled favor keeping countywide offices elected rather than appointed. While the reason for reviewing the Knox County Charter has ostensibly been to work out a few […]

The End of an Era: Pat Summitt Steps Aside

The End of an Era: Pat Summitt Steps Aside

By Alex Norman Over the past few days, you’ve likely read many articles about Pat Summitt. You’ve read about her years coaching the Lady Vols (38), her career victories (1098), and her national championships (8). But those statistics, as record breaking and impressive as they might be, don’t properly represent what Summitt has meant to […]

Computer Lab Unveiled at Seymour Primary School

Computer Lab Unveiled at Seymour Primary School

Seymour Intermediate School officials and students along with friends from U.S. Cellular on March celebrate the unveiling of the school’s new computer lab, which was purchased through shared funds from Seymour Primary School when it won the 2011 U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities grand prize of $150,000. Seymour Primary School shared its winnings with the […]

Eagles fall to Tigers in District battle

Eagles fall to Tigers in District battle

By Ken Lay PIGEON FORGE— For the past decade Gibbs and Pigeon Forge have dominated the District 3-AA baseball scene. The two rivals renewed acquaintances Tuesday night at Jack A. Parton Field. This one started a little late thanks to a lengthy rain delay. Once things started, however, there was plenty of excitement as the […]