Knoxville Focus for March 23, 2015

Volunteers needed for Ijams River Rescue Over the past several months, The Focus has been documenting the pollution problem of our Tennessee waterways on 24×7.knoxfocus.com.  We will continue to document the water conditions on an ongoing basis.   With recent snow and heavy rain, the pollution problem has only become worse. Currently the good people at […]

Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

By Steve Hunley Most folks are aware that the Knox County Board of Education has been dithering about whether or not to sue the State of Tennessee, along with the three other big urban counties – – – Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton. Shelby and Hamilton have apparently already voted to sue the state over the […]

City honors KAT Drivers

By Focus Staff The City of Knoxville recognized “Transit Driver Appreciation Day” on last Wednesday at Knoxville Station’s bus platform. Mayor Madeline Rogero proclaimed March 18th as “Knoxville Area Transit Driver Appreciation Day” in Knoxville. She honored two of KAT’s bus operators, Belinda Wimes and Donnie Collins, as representatives of the 150-plus operators that maneuver […]

Louisiana’s Kingfish: Huey Long’s Rise to Power

By Ray Hill Huey Long’s rise to power began with his election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.  He ran a surprisingly strong race for the gubernatorial nomination in 1924 when only thirty years old, but lost to Henry Fuqua.  Governor Fuqua died two years into his four-year term, leaving O. H. Simpson as Louisiana’s […]

Budding female player helps EKAA boys win title

By Steve Williams Attention, Holly Warlick. Maurice Clark had a girl on his undefeated East Knoxville Athletic Association 8-under basketball team this season who he says warrants keeping tabs on. Warlick, Tennessee’s coach, might want to make a note of that. Iryana Muckle was the only female on the Heat, which held off Powell 25-22 […]

Powell gets ‘confidence booster’ with win

By Ken Lay Powell High School baseball coach Jay Scarbro finally saw his squad put it all together Wednesday night and the result was a second victory in as many days for the Panthers. “Tonight, we were finally able to get some clutch hits,” Scarbro said after Powell notched a 7-3 victory over Greeneville at […]

Legislative Update on Education Bills

By Sally Absher With the 109th General Assembly well underway, there is good, bad, and ugly with regard to education bills. First the good: HB0036 (Dunn)/SB0285 (Briggs) removes the requirement that the local education authority (LEA) must include student scores in a TCAP subject area as part of the student’s grade in that subject. This […]

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher Year Round School. The school-wide meetings are underway regarding a proposed Year Round (or “Balanced”) Calendar. The list of meetings can be found here: http://www.knoxschools.org/domain/4273. Note that many of the meetings are already over, and participants are being told that this is their “only chance” to weigh in on the idea. The […]

Powdered Alcohol

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law On March 10, 2015 the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury approved the sale of a powdered alcohol product called Palcohol.  Palcohol had previously been approved for U.S. sale by the Food and Drug Administration.  According to the Palcohol […]

Listening to Music

By Joe Rector Recently, I rode in a van with fellow workers back from a trip to deliver cars to Nashville. At some point, I started listening to my iPod to help pass the time. It’s surprising just how much listening to music has changed in my lifetime. My first memories of music came through […]

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