Rest in Peace, Lady Vols

By Alex Norman Well, that’s it… the Lady Vols as we know them are gone… The University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department, the UT Board of Trustees… they found a way to greatly diminish something that has put the University of Tennessee in a positive light for decades. The decision to eliminate […]

Keeping busy in athletics helped A-E’s Stephens stay focused

By Steve Williams Ahjanai Stephens picked participation over specialization in her high school athletic career at Austin-East. The Lady Roadrunners’ Student-Athlete of the Year participated in three sports plus band her senior year. I think that’s great. It may not be for everybody, but it fit Ahjanai’s needs. It also led to the first question […]

Dependence Day

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I can claim only partial credit that this week’s essay is timely. Actually, the Focus editor called my attention to the abbreviated schedule for the 4th of July holiday. Otherwise, I would, as usual, be out of synch with calendar events. (Some might say I’m out of synch with politically […]

Public and Legal Notices for July 6, 2015

foreclosure notices   NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated December 18, 2008, executed by DORIS L. BOLEY AND WILLIAM M. BOLEY, conveying certain real property therein described to ALAN E. SOUTH, as Trustee, as same appears […]

Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2015

Board of Education Passes Budget Mayor Burchett’s Budget Includes New Middle Schools for Gibbs and Hardin Valley Communities, Payraises For County Employees, No Tax Increase! By Focus Staff The Knox County Board of Education met last week and approved the Memorandum of Understanding brokered by Mayor Tim Burchett and approved by the County Commission, as well […]

Parents Rally for Non-Renewed Teachers

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com More than 50 parents, students, and teachers braved threats of thunderstorms to attend a rally outside the City County building prior to last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. Most were dressed in red to show support for over 40 non-tenured teachers whose contracts were not renewed for the following school year. […]

Lenior City is Booming

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you think Lenoir City as just a suburb of Knoxville you are underrating out neighbor community. Like Alcoa, Maryville and Seymour, Lenior City supplies workers and services to Knoxville just as Knox County and Farragut supply labor to the surrounding cities. Lenoir City is much more than a suburb and […]

Congressman Robert A. “Fats” Everett

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, the late Congressman Robert Ashton “Fats” Everett was one of the more colorful from the political pages of Tennessee’s history.  Everett was by any measure a political professional well before he ever was elected to Congress. Tall and weighing in at over three-hundred pounds, most everyone called […]

Fountain City native mentors Dobbs during internship

  By Steve Williams Butch Jones may be Joshua Dobbs’ head football coach, but Fountain City native David Fisher was his mentor this past May. The University of Tennessee quarterback and aerospace engineering major spent the month as an intern with Pratt & Whitney-United Technologies in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Fisher is Senior Test […]

‘Really Smart’ Campus Lights wins hoop title

  By Ken Lay Brent Watts said that he’d have a new favorite college football team when the 2015-16 season tips off in November. “I have a new favorite college basketball team and it’s King University,” Watts said after his Campus Lights team routed Tillman Companies 127-112 to win the 2015 Pilot Rocky Top Basketball […]

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