Frustration, Anger Rule the Campaign Season

By Steve Hunley The two campaigns drawing the biggest crowds as the presidential primaries approach are still Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  The establishment in both parties is desperately trying to circle the wagons and figure out just what the heck is going on.  The answer is very simple: folks are just plain fed up, […]

Knoxville Catholic beats Greeneville 35-21

By Alex Norman The Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish had to go on the road to face Greeneville, the number two team in the state. After the final whistle, the Irish headed back to Knox County only two wins away from a state title. On a chilly night in Greene County on November 20th, the Irish […]

Senator McKellar & the Fracas on the Senate Floor

By Ray Hill There are several stories told about Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, some of which have become legend.  Perhaps the most frequently told story is that of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asking McKellar if the Tennessean could hide $2 billion in the budget, which was the origin of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  […]

Why is Powell So Special?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Powell Community, that little town just north of Knoxville and between Clinton Highway and Interstate 75, holds a special place in our area’s history. Powell stretches from the ridge south of the Walmart Shopping Center on Clinton Highway north to the Anderson County line. It’s in the county, not the […]

Alcoa notches special shutout against CAK in state title quest

By Steve Williams That wasn’t a speed bump Christian Academy of Knoxville’s football team hit Friday night on the Road to Cookeville. It was a full-fledged roadblock. Alcoa and its mighty defense stopped the Warriors and in the process accomplished something no other team has ever done, including Alcoa teams before it, and that’s shut […]

November

By Rosie Moore November is our middle child in the family of months during the year. The ghosts, witches, and goblins are nestled away in their coven of October, which lends room to the dreary, cold days that accompany  us on the way to brighter days in the near future. But wait! November isn’t as […]

The Chalk Board, November 16, 2015

By Sally Absher Director of Schools Jim McIntyre Releases Self -Evaluation As part of his annual evaluation, Dr. McIntyre submitted an eight page self-evaluation for the last evaluation cycle before the new rubric evaluation process approved by the Board of Education kicks in next year. McIntyre begins his self-evaluation with this statement, “After several years […]

Start at home first

By Joe Rector I listened to the Democratic Debate a couple of weeks ago. No, it didn’t have the flair for dramatics that came from the earlier GOP gatherings, but some of the answers that the Dems gave for questions were every bit as frustrating as Republican comments. Over the years, I’ve heard plenty of […]

Q&A with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes

By Alex Norman Hard to believe that basketball season is already here. New Tennessee men’s coach Rick Barnes has already coached his first game for the Vols. Recently we had the chance to catch up with the long time Texas coach, and found out what he expects in his first year on Rocky Top. Alex […]

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