Sheep Shearing Days begin this weekend at the Museum of Appalachia

April 13th, 20th, and 21st with activities from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   NORRIS, Tenn. –Starting this Friday, the Museum of Appalachia will welcome the warmth of spring by trimming the winter’s heavy growth of wool from their flock of sheep. Students and families are invited to join the Museum in celebration of this […]

17thAnnual Rossini Festival International Street Fair this Saturday

Knoxville Opera’s 17thannual Rossini Festival International Street Fair has been announced for Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Downtown Knoxville. This celebration of the arts is the largest community outreach event of Knoxville Opera’s season.  Proclaimed a legacy event by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, the Rossini Festival is the only event […]

Public and legal notices for the week of April 9, 2018

Foreclosure notices     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 20, 2004, executed by AMANDA C. BURGESS and JASON P. BURGESS, conveying certain real property therein described to SECURITY ESCROW & TITLE CO, as Trustee, […]

Childress expects schools to ‘turn a negative into a positive’

(Part 2 of an interview with TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress) By Steve Williams In what is believed to be an unprecedented move, the TSSAA Board of Control in February left the door open for Austin-East and Chattanooga Brainerd boys’ basketball programs to take the steps to have their postseason bans reduced from two years […]

A great sports moment is unnecessarily tarnished

By Steve Williams This year there was a lot more drama in the NCAA women’s Final Four than in the men’s. When Loyola of Chicago’s Cinderella run ended against Michigan in the semifinals, my interest in the men’s tourney dropped like an air ball. Meanwhile, those ladies’ games had matchups the likes of Frazier vs. […]

Changes for Tennessee men’s basketball

  By Alex Norman Over the past couple of years, the off season was a welcome time in the world of Tennessee basketball.  From 2015-2017, the Vols didn’t play in the postseason, and frankly everyone was ready for a temporary break.  But that was before the 2017-2018 season, in which the Vols exceeded expectations, shared […]

Easter Bonnet

  By Joe Rector My, how times change. I haven’t heard the song “In Your Easter Bonnet” in years. A lifetime ago, children sang it in school and companies included it in their marketing strategies. Other things during Easter are much different as well. My brothers and I always got a little excited as Easter […]

‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

By Ralphine Major Get your tickets!  Show time is almost here! Lots of hard work and hours of practice will all come together under the leadership of Natalee Elkins, Director/Musical Director; Daniel Lineberger, Director/Choreographer; Taylor Branson, Production Coordinator; and Emily Carr, Production Assistant, as the talented cast of Holston Middle School’s Kids in America Show […]

I want to know

By Rosie Moore Why a bird can fly but I can’t? What is in a little pill that makes my body react? How can my grandson talk to me on my cell phone from Scotland? Why do bodies become allergic to certain properties in the air and on the ground? Why do good people die […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes, it’s hard for me to remember whether I’ve written about something or just thought about it. As a result, I have a new project putting my previous five hundred and thirteen Focus essays in a computer file which I can then easily search. If I had realized ten years ago […]

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