The Secret of Life

By Joe Rector Most people raved about Inaugural performances by Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, and I thought they both sang inspiring versions of the songs presented, even though some carped about Beyonce’s lip-syncing. The truth is that James Taylor’s performance resonated the most with me. I searched for his version of “America” on iTunes without […]

Keela

By Ralphine Major “Have you heard the weather forecast?” the gentleman asked me as I was picking out produce at the grocery store.  “We’re getting snow,” he added as he gathered a bag of fruit.  A hint of excitement was in the air as folks waited for the first snowfall of the season.  The next […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, January 28, 2013

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, January 28, 2013

Click here to view the entire paper.   Knoxville’s Alzonzo Butler to represent at Box-Off   By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Boxing guru Don Elbaum and financial backer Greg Sorrentino announced last week in New York the creation of a $500,000 tournament entitled The Great American Heavyweight Box-Off (TGAHBO). Among the participants are the likes of […]

Knox Countians Don’t Like Red-Light Cameras

Knox Countians Don’t Like Red-Light Cameras

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question to likely voters: “Do you support the use of red light cameras?”. The results were varied across the City of Knoxville and Knox County, as well as in different demographics.  Voters aged 30-49 don’t approve of the use of red light cameras, while voters […]

Carter Glass of Virginia

Carter Glass of Virginia

By Ray Hill Rixey Smith, Senator Carter Glass’s long-time Secretary, wrote a flattering biography of his boss entitled “Unreconstructed Rebel: Carter Glass” and that Glass certainly was.  Indeed, it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself who had labeled Glass an “unreconstructed rebel,” emphasizing the Virginian’s frequent dissents from prevailing public policy. Carter Glass was born […]

The Summitt Legacy: A Personal Perspective

The Summitt Legacy:  A Personal Perspective

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com One can’t properly pen a series about the heritage of the University of Tennessee’s athletics program without paying tribute to Lady Vols basketball Coach Pat Summitt. I began this series with a goal to highlight unsung heroes from the University’s past; however, Summitt’s legacy extends far beyond this journalist’s earnest efforts […]

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2013

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2013

By Sharon Frankenberg Attorney at Law A bit of good news if you are one of the nearly 62 million Americans who receive monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be a 1.7 percent benefit increase for 2013. This is to adjust for an increase […]

Mayor Burchett just announced $330,000.00 credit card rebate

Mayor Tim Burchett just announced on The Hubert Smith Radio Show that the County will be receiving  a $330,000.00 credit card rebate.  The rebate is for items purchased with the county credit card system. It involves the “E-commerce cards”  that replaced the old “P-card”  system. According to the Mayor, while this program has produced rebates […]

City 311 Rises to the Challenge!

City of Knoxville, 311 director Russ Jensen has just released a statement on Facebook that is worth noting.  “So proud of the staff at 311 today!!! Most came in to work in the wee hours this morning to make sure Knoxville’s phone number was answered. Average time to answer customer calls? 7 SECONDS! Best staff […]