A personal note from Sally Absher

  I have decided to take a sabbatical from writing/reporting for The Focus. As many of you know, I am a consulting geologist during the day, and cover education issues in my spare time – but the demands of my “day job” have increased measurably and consumed me for the past eight months. I need […]

Old-Timers’ Day at Clear Springs

By Ralphine Major There is a message before you even enter:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  The words of Galations 5:22-23, known as the fruit of the Spirit, are engraved in the building at the church’s entrance. Several members of Clear Springs Baptist Church invited us to join their celebration on […]

Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore After a long, hot summer, Autumn is finally here. How refreshing to feel cool breezes in the mornings and evenings. Here is what that famous Old Farmers Almanac predicts for the winter of 2017: Northeast–colder than normal and near normal snowfall. Southeast–mild with some snow. Sound familiar? I didn’t add any other […]

If I knew then what I know now

By Joe Rector I like mowing the yard. Sitting on a riding lawnmower or pushing a mower or trimming with a weed eater is when I do some of my best thinking. I’ve solved some of my own problems and come up with answers to world dilemmas while cutting blades of grass. The only hold […]

Blood Sport

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I made myself tune in to the first Presidential debate. I felt it was my civic duty to consider these two pugilists, one of whom will be our next President. Unfortunately, these so-called debates have become spectacle, hyped by the truly despicable and dishonest main stream media. These creatures still describe […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 3, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for October 3, 2016

 Interim Superintendent Opposes Rountree Resolution By Focus Staff Buzz Thomas, Interim Superintendent of Knox County Schools, has expressed profound concerns about a resolution sponsored by South Knoxville board member Amber Rountree. Rountree, a former librarian who now serves on the board of education, is sponsoring a resolution asking the legislature and Tennessee Department of Education […]

Still Divided?

Still Divided?

By Steve Hunley There were those who hailed the recent local school board elections as being a rejection of Jim McIntyre and many of his goals.  Some pointed to the possibility of a new seven-member majority as a foundation for real change in Knox County schools and many expected this group to move with monolithic […]

Edenfield Dental Group is special

Edenfield Dental Group is special

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When is a dental group more than just a dentist office? Edenfield Dental Group, at 2937 Essary Road in Fountain City, not only offers the dental services you’d expect but also specializes in treating special needs patients. “We were established in 2004 for the sole purpose of providing comprehensive dental services […]

Senator McKellar & The TVA, Part II

Senator McKellar & The TVA, Part II

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had finally abandoned his opposition to the construction of the Douglas Dam.  For those who thought it signified some kind of surrender in his battle of wills with Tennessee Valley Authority Director David E. Lilienthal, they were very much mistaken. Kenneth Douglas McKellar was […]

One more goal left to check off for Halls’ golf team

One more goal left to check off for Halls’ golf team

By Steve Williams For Halls High’s talented boys golf team, it’s been a two-part plan all season long. Get past Farragut in the region and go after the state championship. Check off No. 1. With junior Ryan Hall’s sizzling 67 leading the way, the Red Devils dominated the Region 2-AAA tournament with a 19-stroke margin […]

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