Christmas Around The World

By Rosie Moore The United States is not the only country that celebrates Christmas as we well know. It is celebrated in almost every country in the world. I can’t list them all in this column, but let’s take a look at a couple of them. One of the most important ways to celebrate Christmas […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 14, 2015

Food City Shoppers Fight Against Hunger Since 1992, Food City, in partnership with their customers, has conducted an annual campaign to raise funds for local non-profit hunger relief organizations. The holiday promotion “Race Against Hunger” is co-sponsored by Kellogg’s. “Hunger is a serious problem throughout our region.  Food City and Kellogg’s are proud to be […]

The Proud, the Brave, the Prestigious

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Over the course of two nights, fifty individuals achieved the honor to wear the badge that allows them to be called a firefighter.  On Tuesday, December 8, eighteen members of the Rural Metro firefighter training class took their oath at the Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville. The administration of oath was […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate, Part II

By Ray Hill When 1934 began, Harry S. Truman had been a deeply disappointed man. He faced political oblivion. By all accounts, Truman had been one of the very few honest public servants in Jackson County, Missouri. On occasion, he had been able to buck Boss Tom Pendergast who ruled Kansas City like a potentate. […]

Powell Playhouse setting stage for 2016

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The late Nita Buell Black and several other people decided to create the Powell Playhouse following an alumni meeting of Powell High School graduates in 2010. They had talked about creating an acting group prior to that but after the alumni meeting finally set about contacting other people in the community […]

KCS receive gift from Haslam family, Pilot Flying J

The Knox County Schools will receive a significant gift from the Haslam family and Pilot Flying J to refurbish and modernize the football fields at the district’s 13 high schools over a 36-month period. The project is set to break ground in April 2016. Included in the gift will be an investment in academic support […]

Central High cheerleaders stay busy in the ‘giving’ season, too

By Steve Williams Cheers for the Central High School cheerleading squad! According to its coach, Jackie Raley, her “team” has given “well over 500 community service hours” since the spring of 2015. “The cheerleaders do a variety of community service each year and are always open to adding new events to our calendar,” said Raley […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 7, 2015

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 August 15, 2008, executed by John E. Ford, Thelma L. Ford, Nancy Phillips, conveying certain real property therein described to ROBERT M. WILSON, JR., as Trustee, as same appears of record […]

Renewal or Extension, It’s Still A Million Dollars

By Sally Absher The Board of Education Special Call meeting last week to discuss Dr. McIntyre’s contract extension/renewal (the Law Department still isn’t quite sure which term is correct) got off to a rough start almost immediately. Amber Rountree made a motion to delay discussion and action on the contract for a minimum of 30 […]

Flour sacks for clothes

By Rosie Moore My grandmother was a skilled seamstress who worked for the now defunct department store, Watt & Shand, for twenty years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She made mine and my sisters’ dresses from the time we were tots till around the third of fourth grade. No one could tell they were homemade, she was […]

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