A Day Away: Arlington Mansion

By Mike Steely If you’ve ever been to the Arlington National Cemetery, located just across the river from our nation’s capital, I’ll bet you didn’t know the history of the large white mansion on top of the hill. It overlooks downtown Washington and is almost surrounded by graves of our nation’s military veterans. If you […]

A few words of wisdom

By Rosie Moore The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. A good time […]

Three Uncles

By Joe Rector joerector@comcast.net Something about family warms our hearts, even though all of us have plenty of ghosts in our closets. Those relatives bring more happiness than sadness, more good memories than bad dreams. I’ve been thinking of three uncles, my mother’s brothers, and saying a silent “thank you” for their presence in my […]

Holston Middle to Present Disney’s ‘Aladdin Junior’

By Ralphine Major You may have seen them at area malls or at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Wherever they perform, they are sure to draw a crowd. Organized in 2009, the Holston Middle School Kids in America Show Choir will be performing “Disney’s Aladdin Junior” on February 6-8, 2014, at the Holston Middle School Auditorium. […]

Focus on the law: State Income Tax

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law You may have heard that one of the many reasons the Great State of Tennessee is an especially wonderful place in which to live and do business is because it does not have an income tax.  This is not completely accurate.  True, there is no tax on earned income […]

A nice wish, a Super question and snow days at Rec Hall

By Steve Williams A little over 48 hours after Florida handed the Tennessee men’s basketball team its worst defeat of the season, a voice was heard in the darkness: “Right now I just wish fans would stay on board with this team and this coach.” Maybe you heard the comment, like I did. In case […]

When the Event Means More than the Game

By Alex Norman These days it is all the rage in the National Hockey League to play outdoors.  This year alone, five games will have been played without a roof.  In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, The Bronx, New York and Chicago, Illinois, huge crowds have shown up or will show up. Not because […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 3, 2014

The Knoxville Focus for February 3, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Commission listens to teachers By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Who exactly controls discussions at the upcoming County Commission and Board of Education Retreat? This was a question at last week’s commission meeting, with some of the commissioners voicing some concern. “The last retreat was more or less structured […]

McMillan, defensive guru, reconnects with Carter football

McMillan, defensive guru, reconnects with Carter football

    By Steve Williams When Jeff McMillan played football for Carter High School in the mid-1970s, the “Green Hornets” were beginning a 10-year period when they were known more for their defense than anything else. Almost 40 years later, McMillan, who has earned a reputation of being one of the state’s best defensive coordinators, […]