Mayor Rogero urges families without health insurance to review ACA options as 6-week open enrollment begins

Mayor Madeline Rogero is urging Knoxvillians without health insurance to learn about their options under the Affordable Care Act as open enrollment (and re-enrollment) begins Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.   “The Affordable Care Act is still an available resource,” Mayor Rogero said. “During open enrollment, we want to make it as easy as […]

Early Voting Ends Thursday; Election Next Tuesday

~ From the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods   After months of campaigning and surviving a field of 30 candidates, 11 active contenders for five open seats on Knoxville City Council are down to their last full week of asking for votes before next Tuesday’s general election. Early voting ends Thursday.   To learn […]

Community Service Games to benefit Powell boy

Gunner Smith, a 10-year-old Powell Elementary School fourth grader, will be the recipient of proceeds from this year’s Careacter Star Community Service high school football games.   Smith, the son of Brittany and Brandon Smith, was diagnosed with brain cancer on August 20.   The 6th annual event gets underway Thursday night at 7 o’clock […]

McMillan questions validity of Leadership Academy agreement

  By Focus Staff Mike McMillan, East Knox County’s member of the Board of Education, says the agreement between the school system and the University of Tennessee may not be valid. The Board will be discussing the Leadership Academy or Center for Educational Leadership at tonight’s meeting. Dr. James McIntyre, former superintendent of the Knox […]

Moral Psychology

By Dr. Jim Ferguson How can we have common sense if we have nothing in common? The word community derives from the root word common and refers to a people who have commonly held interests. Does common sense or community still exist in our divided United States of America? I’ve always wondered how two sane […]

Change at the Crossroads

By Ralphine Major At times, it is hard to remember what the landscape was like before the much needed red lights. For years, it seemed nothing changed at the four-way stop at Harbison’s Crossroads. Our school bus ride always passed by the late Neva Cardwell’s home on the right before reaching the crossroads. Mrs. Cardwell […]

Photographs and memories

By Joe Rector Amy and her cousins met on a recent Sunday in Cookeville. They shared a wonderful spread of fried catfish, hush puppies, and French fries, accompanied by sweet tea and banana pudding. After all pushed back from the tables and patted full bellies, they attended to the business of the get-together: sharing family […]

Moving On

By Rosie Moore There’s no way I can calculate the number of times I have moved when I was a child. Now wait a minute! There’s also no way to speculate the number of moves I’ve made since being an adult either. Why is that? I think the economy has a lot to do with […]

Things should run a lot smoother for Lady Vols this season

By Steve Williams The past two seasons of Tennessee women’s basketball felt much like a rollercoaster ride for its fans. And for Coach Holly Warlick, there probably were nights when she felt like screaming … and pulling her hair out. Based on her comments to the Rotary Club of Knoxville last Tuesday, Warlick is feeling […]

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