Tyler Bray’s Past Comes Back to Haunt Him

By Alex Norman Million dollar arm… fifty cent head. You’ve probably heard that line, or something similar to describe former Tennessee Vols quarterback Tyler Bray. The guy might have more talent than any quarterback coming out of college this past season, but he wasn’t selected in the NFL draft.  He has the size (6-6, 230 […]

The Week That Was For Justin Hunter

By Alex Norman On Saturday, April 20th there were more than 61,000 fans on hand at Neyland Stadium for the Orange & White Game, Tennessee’s annual spring scrimmage. One of those spectators wore a red and white striped shirt, and took the time to sign autographs for any fans that asked for his John Hancock. […]

Longer school year not the answer

By Joe Rector The state of Tennessee has come up with another brilliant idea for improving schools and the education they provide. How? Why, the legislators have decreed that all students must be in school for 180 full days. Oh, the wisdom of our representatives is overwhelming sometimes. In Knox County, that means the half […]

Women and the world

By Sarah Baker According to the Book of Titus, older women are to mentor younger women on how to be good wives, mothers, and community members.  Yet in today’s society it is becoming increasingly more difficult for women to empower one another because we are so busy competing with one another.  I believe that the […]

Focus on the Law: Dealing with Bad Checks: Criminal Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law As I discussed last week, you can pursue collection of a bad check through civil court or you can sometimes pursue criminal charges.  Keep in mind the circumstances in which you may pursue criminal remedies on a bad check are much more limited than in civil court. The worthless […]

Publisher’s Position: Wonderland All Over Again

By Steve Hunley We constantly hear how our government and leaders don’t get it because they don’t live in the real world.  If anyone wanted more conclusive proof that is true, they don’t have to look very far. One of the best examples of precisely that is our school system.  Dr. James McIntyre has just […]

What is it About This Place?

What is it About This Place?

100 Years of Gibbs By Ralphine Major It is the heartbeat of Harbison’s Crossroads.  Before one even reaches the campus of Gibbs High School, there are historical landmarks in the Gibbs Community.  Traveling toward Corryton on Emory Road is the Nicholas Gibbs log cabin.  Going toward Halls is the home of the late Neva Gibbs […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, May 6

Knoxville Focus for Monday, May 6

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Burchett drills down debt, funds schools without a tax increase By Tasha Mahurin “The budget I present to you today is fiscally responsible, does not require a tax increase, and allows us to continue operating within our means,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett told 250 people and […]

Recession Not Over, According to Knox Countians

Recession Not Over, According to Knox Countians

By Focus Staff Things must be much better at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as it recently published an editorial proclaiming the recession appears to be over.  It was an interesting question and this week’s Knoxville Focus poll asked voters, “Do you believe the recession is over?” Almost 80% of respondents said they don’t believe the recession […]

Walters named overall Hometown Hero

Walters named overall Hometown Hero

Home Federal Bank named Gregory E. Walters a Hometown Hero and also the program’s 2013 overall winner and presented a check for $5,000 in his name to Friends of Literacy at a ceremony at Home Federal Bank’s Fountain City branch on Thursday, May 2. Now in its third year, the Hometown Heroes program spotlights ordinary […]