Jacob Whitesides to play the Bijou

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com “Professional and genuine.” I continue to write those words repeatedly when describing Knoxville’s own Jacob Whitesides. Three years ago, I drove out to Nashville to cover the young man at the very beginning of his career. After seeing his performance with Jimmy James Hunter and Forest Miller, I was immediately impressed. […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

By Rosie Moore Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, when lovers show their love in various ways. Here are some quotes from people about that day. “Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” Author unknown […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s difficult not to be discouraged these days.  I sometimes wonder if the uninformed are happier.  However, how can anyone not be aware of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) savages or call them anything else?  After all, they murder and rape children, torture and crucify their prisoners, behead […]

Reason to Celebrate: Vols Welcome Class of 2015

By Alex Norman It might seem presumptuous, considering that most of these kids have never played a down of college football at any level.  But the potential that Tennessee’s recruiting class, a consensus top 5 group nationally, brings to Knoxville is off the charts. “Today is really a combination of one to two years of […]

Good ending: Wofford is a ‘perfect fit’ for Seth Marshall

By Steve Williams All’s well that ends well. That, it seems, was the case in the recruitment of Seth Marshall. The West High quarterback, who guided the Rebels to the Class 5A state championship in December, was one of the most productive football players in the state during the 2014 season, but recruiters weren’t knocking […]

Farewell, my good friend

By Joe Rector I am beyond hurt; perhaps the shock of the matter hasn’t yet ended. All I know is that my heart is broken and I can do nothing right now to help it heal. Many who read this will scoff at my predicament and say it is “much ado about nothing.” Others will […]

Dr. McIntyre Goes to Washington

By Sally Absher Last Monday during the BOE work session, Dr. McIntyre asked to defer his superintendents’ report to Wednesday’s meeting, saying “I have a flight to catch to Washington.” Dr. McIntyre was referring to his scheduled meeting the next day to speak before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The […]

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2015

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.7 percent increase in benefits for 2015.  This is to adjust for an increase in the annual cost of living.  Nearly 64 million Social Security beneficiaries should have received their increased benefit last month.  More than 8 million of these recipients are […]

Knoxville Focus for February 9, 2015

Knoxville Focus for February 9, 2015

  Sidewalks, Apartments and a Speedy Agenda By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The next Knoxville mayor will get a $12,500 pay raise, the Rogers Group, Inc. will get a contract of more than $7,467,712 for street paving, and the city’s Wayfinding Project will increase the contract to Jarvis Award, Sign and Flag Company by $23,952. It […]

Publisher’s Position: Why McIntyre?

Publisher’s Position: Why McIntyre?

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander has held just about every place of distinction a person could be honored with in a lifetime; at one time or another he has been governor of Tennessee; Secretary of Education during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, as well as President of the University of Tennessee.  Alexander has […]

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