State Board Seeks Public Feedback on New Science Standards

State Board Seeks Public Feedback on New Science Standards

  Today, the Tennessee State Board of Education launched the science standards review website,, to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 science standards. This is the first time the revised science standards, recently improved by Tennessee educators, will be available for public review.   The K-12 science standards set grade-specific goals […]

Mayors Appoint Colin Ickes As Director Of Emergency Management Agency

  The Knoxville-Knox County Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) has a new leader. Colin Ickes, who has been Operations Officer at KEMA for the past 11 years, has been named Director of the agency by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.   Ickes succeeds his former boss, Alan Lawson, who retired on […]

Say “Thumbs Down” to Texting and Driving During National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Say “Thumbs Down” to Texting and Driving During  National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security are joining to share a unified message: Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving.   During April, the Highway Safety Office asks people to use their social media presence to promote their distaste for […]

Gala for the University of Tennessee School of Music

Gala for the University of Tennessee School of Music

You or your favorite fan can lead the Pride of the Southland Marching Band by directing Rocky Top at a home football game this fall. This and other exciting opportunities will be auctioned during the April 9th Gala for the University of Tennessee School of Music.  The School’s Board of Advisors is hosting the Gala […]

Zoo Knoxville Celebrates A Day Of Magical Make-Believe This Saturday

Magical Make-believe Day Presented by JK Mouse Travel-Tarah Wilson Zoo Knoxville brings fairy tales to life during a day of Magical Make-Believe, presented by JK Mouse Travel – Tarah Wilson, on Saturday , April 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.   This enchanted day will feature Neverland and Company princesses Rapunzel, The Little […]

Legal and Public Notices for April 4, 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 September 6, 2013, executed by Jamie L Bridges, conveying certain real property therein described to Andrew C Rambo, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office […]

Is there anything good on TV?

By Rosie Moore A few weeks ago I wrote about my favorite TV shows on Me-TV from the sixties and seventies. My granddaughter asked me, “But, Nana, don’t you like any of the programs that are on today?” Yes, indeed, I do. And here they are. My very favorite, The Good Wife is going off […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Some weeks it’s harder than others to write this column. This week’s essay is the four hundred and ninth essay I’ve written for The Focus, each with an average of 1000 words. Do the math; this calculates to four hundred and nine thousand words over the last eight years. Perhaps I’ve […]

The Chalk Board for April 4, 2016

By Sally Absher Kindergarten Round-up Tuesday, April 12 Kindergarten Round-up (registration/application) will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at all Knox County Elementary schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents receive important enrollment information about the upcoming school year. Children should be five years old by August 15, 2016, to enter […]

Town Hall Meeting held to Discuss Recent Threats at Farragut High School

By Sally Absher Karen Carson held a town hall meeting for the Fifth District community at Farragut High School Thursday, March 31, 2016 to discuss the recent threats at FHS, the school system’s response and the community’s ability to support a resolution to these concerns. Several dozen Farragut parents, students, teachers and staff attended the […]

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