The Chalk Board for May 16, 2016

By Sally Absher   Incoming Superintendent Asks for Lower Salary Putting his words from the May 4 Board meeting into action, Knox County Schools’ incoming interim superintendent Buzz Thomas asked that his salary  be reduced from $195,000 to $180,000. Board Chairman Doug Harris notified fellow school board members of the request last Monday. At the […]

A Single Rosebud

by Joe Rector Mother’s Day has come and gone. I purposely didn’t write about it then because I needed time to think. Moms across the country celebrated with families either with visits or long distance phone calls, Facetime, or Skype. All of us agree that those women who are mothers are a special group. In […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson What a difference a day makes. Arguably, I was the same person the day before my latest PET scan cleared me of recurrent cancer. But that’s logic speaking rather than the roller coaster of emotions associated with what I call the “beast.” I have mixed emotions about telling my story. Many […]

The fireflies are coming!

By Ralphine Major “In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a young boy enjoys the wonder of a hot, summer night catching fireflies.  However, these are unique fireflies.  It is the synchronous firefly.  On the other side of the world, a young boy from Southeast Asia enjoys the same thrills of the fireflies on […]

Counting your blessings

By Rosie Moore Did you ever stop and count your blessings? Name them one by one? In the dictionary the word blessing is defined as enjoying happiness, bringing pleasure and confer prosperity and well-being. That covers a lot of ground. It’s also a short prayer before a meal or the act of one who blesses. […]

Q&A with Rashaan Gaulden

By Alex Norman When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden, and talked about, among other things, his return from injury, and those sky high expectations for the Vols…   Knoxville Focus: Certainly there has […]

Legal and Public Notices for May 16, 2016

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 January 24, 2006, executed by ROBERT A. LONGMIRE, TAMMIE L. LONGMIRE, conveying certain real property therein described to EAST TENNESSEE TITLE PROFESSIO, as Trustee, as same appears of record in […]

Locos made more noise than those cowbells

By Steve Williams Starkville, mostly known for its cowbells, got a little crazier this past weekend. The Locos were in town. That zany group of softball fans who make UT home games a hoot traveled to Mississippi to support the Lady Vols in the SEC tournament. How do I know they were there? I heard […]

2016 Peace Officers Memorial Service

The community is invited to attend the 2016 Peace Officers Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Mary Costa Plaza located behind the Civic Coliseum.  Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will be represented.  Officers who have died during the past year will be honored as well including one K9 […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 16, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 16, 2016

No new taxes and more money for schools, Safety Center and zoo By Mike Steely If there was a surprise in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s annual budget proposal last week it was for an additional $200,000 for the Behavior Health Urgent Care Center, formerly called “The Safety Center.” The mayor had already set […]

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