New Deal for Butch Jones… The Right Move?

By Alex Norman Welcome to the four million dollar club, Butch Jones! Last week Tennessee announced that the Vols football coach was receiving a $500,000 raise, bringing his total compensation up to $4.1 million per season.  Jones is under contract through the 2020 season. In a statement released by the University of Tennessee’s Sports Information […]

Home For Christmas

By Ralphine Major “It was a goal,” he said of the three words:  “Home for Christmas.”  The very thought of getting home in time for Christmas kept hope alive.  Hope was important for someone thousands of miles from home.  It was especially important for someone trying to survive in a foreign land fighting a war.  […]

Christmas Offers Us Hope

By Joe Rector Well, it’s here. Little ones thought the time would never come; some adults wished it hadn’t. Either way, Christmas is upon us. The year has been a tough one for us, but in spite of the bad, something magical occurs when this time of year arrives. Our challenges in life are many, […]

A Life Remembered

By Rosie Moore People who write have a tendency to include feelings, happenings, and thoughts that occurred during their lifetimes and I’m sure Charles Dickens was a great forebear of that tendency. Born in 1812 in Portsmouth, London, he was an English writer and social critic, creating some of the world’s best fictional characters. He […]

The Chalk Board for December 21, 2015

By Sally Absher State Attorney General Re-Affirms Prior Opinion on KCS Superintendent’s Contract Last Wednesday, the Knox County Law Department forwarded a letter from the State Attorney General’s office to the School Board and County Commission. In that letter, the AG re-affirmed his prior opinion regarding the Knox County BOE Contract with the Director of […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson This year I vowed to be contemporaneous. With a column that appears once a  week, I seem to be always behind the latest news. In some ways that may be good for my blood pressure. This year I vowed to be pro-active with my Christmas essay. But, I needn’t worry. Christmas […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 21, 2015

  NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Joy M. Hileman executed a Deed of Trust to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for FSG Bank, N.A., Lender and Doug Daugherty, Trustee(s), which was dated October 27, 2008 and recorded on October 29, 2008 in Instrument No. 200810290028646, Knox County, […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 21, 2015

Bridge makeover graces downtown By Dan Andrews A year ago, the Henley Street Pedestrian Bridge was a dilapidated eyesore that greeted people as they drove off the interstate to enter downtown Knoxville. To change that, the City of Knoxville and the Public Building Authority began the project to turn the pedestrian bridge into a […]

Paying It Forward in Halls

By Mike Steely A recent story about a caring auto repair shop and a destitute customer drew a lot of attention from readers of The Knoxville Focus. As the holiday season unfolds there are, no doubt, many more incidents of concerned and compassionate people doing acts of kindness. Take the actions of a concerned […]

Knox County’s Little Communities

By Mike Steely Knoxville and Knox County are growing fast. New subdivisions, apartments, and condos seem to spring up weekly as our area booms with new residents, new businesses, and new homes. We’re growing and changing so fast that sometimes we forget those older established communities located here and there that were never large […]

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