Publisher's Position: State of the Schools Address Is More of the Same

By Steve Hunley Anyone expecting anything new in Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s annual State of the Schools address had to be terribly disappointed. Recently, there has been an attempt to make McIntyre more human; the fact a public official who has been here six years needs to be humanized should be quite telling. McIntyre […]

Knoxville Focus for February 17, 2014

Knoxville Focus for February 17, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. The Homeless Question By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Currently in our city there are numerous agencies, churches, and organizations wrestling with the needs of the homeless. Two meetings held last Tuesday addressed these concerns and gave residents a chance to present their views and questions. The Metropolitan Planning Commission […]

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Term

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Term

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll, asked the question: “In January, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam began the fourth and final year of his first term in office.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Haslam is handling his job as governor?” Almost 75% of respondents say they approve the way Haslam […]

5th grade student at Adrian Burnett plans to raise $20K for class trip

5th grade student at Adrian Burnett plans to raise $20K for class trip

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com “While running for student council, everyone kept asking why I was running,” 5th grade student Jordan Bishop told The Focus. “I decided that I wanted to help all of my 5th Grade Safety Patrol Class to have the opportunity to go on the trip to Washington, D.C. I didn’t want money […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

Estes Kefauver had quite nearly managed the impossible by getting himself elected to the United States Senate in 1948.  Kefauver took advantage of E. H. Crump’s mistake in refusing to back Senator Tom Stewart for reelection. The state of the national Democratic Party that year was divided beyond all hope.  President Harry Truman had been […]

Gilley to play soccer at Pfeiffer University

Gilley to play soccer at Pfeiffer University

By Ken Lay Powell High School senior soccer player Deidre Gilley will continue her athletic career. She made that official recently when she signed to play collegiate soccer at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Gilley, a two-year captain for the Lady Panthers, was a first-team all-District 3-AAA performer during her senior season and was named […]

South Knoxville Part One: Chapman Highway and Vestal

South Knoxville Part One: Chapman Highway and Vestal

As part of our continuing series focusing on “Our Neighborhoods” we begin looking at South Knoxville. That portion of the Knox County communities will include several upcoming issues as we move to highlight the important part of our county. In future weeks The Focus will come back to South Knox and journey further down Chapman […]

Something Happens

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The other day my mother-in-law called me to say she’s been thinking about pharmaceutical development.  She wondered if this might be a topic for my column.  After our conversation I thought, how remarkable is the curiosity of this ninety-seven year old woman.  I can only hope that I remain inquisitive through […]

LOVE makes ‘a good team’

By Ralphine Major It was likely the most popular decade of our time.  Rock-n-roll music, poodle skirts, and bobby socks were images of the fifties.  Eisenhower was our nation’s leader, “Don’t Be Cruel” was made popular by a young Elvis, “Tennessee Waltz” topped the charts, and Dean Martin’s “Memories are Made of This” all helped […]

Todd Kelly Jr. Stays Home

By Alex Norman It used to be a day of surprises… but more and more, National Signing Day… the day high school football players sign their Letters of Intent to play at the college level, is a coronation and not an announcement. Most players make up their mind weeks or months before the big day. […]