Bumper Stickers

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many years ago a sizable group of Americans were identified as the Silent Majority. I wonder what happened to these people. Did they change their conservative philosophy and morph into something else? Did they all die? I don’t think they were deported and now reside clandestinely in “sanctuary cities.” Perhaps they […]

Legal and Public Notices for July 13, 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 August 21, 2009, executed by WILLIAM W. UNDERWOOD, conveying certain real property therein described to ALAN E. SOUTH, ATTORNEY AT LAW, SOUTH & ASSOCIATES, PC, as Trustee, as same […]

House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the House voted to renew the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, with Republican leadership narrowly defeating the wishes of both conservative members of their own party, and all Democrats. HB 5, the Student Success Act, passed on a vote of 218-213. The 2002 NCLB law expired in […]

The Chalk Board: July 13, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Students Lack Volunteer Hours for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program.  Only one in four students planning to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program has completed the volunteer work needed to remain eligible. If the students don’t complete and submit their hours by August 1, they will no longer be eligible for […]

Vaccine Injury Compensation

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Back in the early 1980s, there were many reports of serious side effects from the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine. Many lawsuits were filed against the vaccine companies, doctors and nurses for injuries allegedly caused by the vaccine. In response to this litigation, some vaccine companies stopped producing vaccines […]

Knoxville Focus for July 13, 2015

South Waterfront Park begins By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The ground was broken for the Suttree Landing Park Tuesday for what will eventually be part of a 3-mile long River Walk, stretching along the south side of the Tennessee River. The River Walk will connect the City View development and the former Baptist Hospital to the […]

Lower sign height passes first reading

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When is a compromise not a compromise? When it gets a split vote — which is what happened during the Knoxville City Council meeting Tuesday when the new sign ordinance finally came up for discussion. After four years of work by a special Sign Task Force, numerous public hearings, and a […]

Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell of Crossville

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, John Ridley Mitchell was a member of Congress for eight years and twice a viable candidate for statewide office in Tennessee. J. Ridley Mitchell was a formidable politician and a wily practitioner of the art of politics. Albert Gore, Sr., who succeeded Mitchell in Congress, once described […]

Karns Little Leaguers finish strong to win District 6

  By Steve Williams Karns stumbled out of the starting gate in this year’s District 6 Little League tournament, but roared across the finish line. Coach Ron Eller’s All-Star team (12-year-old division) completed its trip through the losers’ bracket with a convincing 13-3 win over Maryville Black in Thursday night’s championship game. Karns had dropped […]

Neighborhoods in Action

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com   Parkridge hears streetscape ideas The Parkridge neighborhood heard from Leslie Fawaz of the East Tennessee Design Center last week about a proposed Washington Avenue-Parkridge Streetscape. Fawaz said that improvements could include new murals, painted crosswalks, landscaping, larger sidewalks and building façade changes. “This is just a concept, just a […]

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