Waste Connections, the City of Knoxville’s household garbage and recycling collector, will be open during its normal business hours on Friday, April 18.   The collection for residential garbage and curbside recycling will run on a normal operating schedule Friday, April 18.   Downtown trash collection will be picked up on a normal operating schedule […]

‘A God-called leader must learn before he can lead’

By Ralphine Major It is designed to “move the truths of God’s word from the Heart of Heaven to the hearts of humans.”  Mike Boyd’s “Principles of Preaching” was written primarily for those training to become pastors.  But, it is a handy resource for teachers, as well.  Even those of us not engaged in teaching […]

April Rain

By Rosie Moore The wild sweet rain of April spills On golden-throated daffodils On garden walls and new green bough On earth fresh-turned before the plough. It scrubs the pansy’s small shy face And shines each blade of grass in place to leave the springtime world aglow, And lift my heart to walk tiptoe For […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Do you remember the days of HMOs?  Back in the 1990s health maintenance organizations were ballyhooed as the way to reduce medical costs.  Basically, this was accomplished by limiting medical services.  The justification for restricting care was to limit waste and unnecessary testing, procedures, etc.  It didn’t work, and HMOs are […]

That’s A Riot!

By Alex Norman It’s one of those old sports adages… “Act like you’ve been there before.” It’s what we’d like football players to do after scoring a touchdown.  Instead of putting on a show, hand the football to the official and celebrate with the teammates that helped you get into the end zone. It’s what […]

All joking aside, Denton, Voice of Neyland Stadium, will be missed

By Steve Williams There seemed to be more laughter than sadness when family, friends and fans of Bobby Denton reacted to the passing of the popular and longtime University of Tennessee football public address announcer last week. From the many stories I’ve read and heard, Denton, the Voice of Neyland Stadium, obviously lived a fun-filled […]

Publisher’s Position: Superintendent Angling For Defacto Tax Hike

By Steve Hunley All of a sudden, School Superintendent Jim McIntyre is interested in giving the teachers a pay raise.  During his almost six years as superintendent, McIntyre hasn’t shown much concern or interest in educators, but recently he’s come under fire from unhappy teachers and the proposed pay raise is supposed to show teachers […]


Volunteers Portable Moving and Storage, hereby publishes notice, as required by Tennessee Self-Service Storage Facility Act (TN Stat. 66-31-101- 66-31-107) of a public sale of the property listed below to satisfy a landlords lien. All sales are for cash to the highest bidder and are considered final. Volunteers Portable Moving and Storage reserves the right […]

Knoxville Focus for April 14, 2014

Knoxville Focus for April 14, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Sheriff JJ Jones running on experience and accomplishments By David Klein Running on his experience, Knox County Sherriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said he was proud of his accomplishments over the last four years. Jones was appointed sheriff in January 2007, and reappointed on February 20, 2008.  He […]

Knox Countians Support Vouchers

Knox Countians Support Vouchers

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “Do you support Governor Haslam’s proposal to create a school voucher program for students who attend a failing school?” Almost 57% of likely voters responded “yes.” Just over 43% said they did not. The least amount of support for the idea was in the […]