League Hosts School Board Candidate Forum

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the League of Women Voters hosted a forum for contested candidates seeking election to the Board of Education in the Knox County March 1 primary election.  Early voting begins on February 10. Jennifer Owen, a former English and music teacher in Knox County Schools, and Grant […]

BOE Postpones Interim Superintendent Process Decision

By Sally Absher Last week the Board of Education defeated a resolution supporting Cultural Competency Training brought forth by Amber Rountree on behalf of Student Representative Sydney Gabrielson.  Gabrielson is continuing efforts on this topic started by last year’s Student Rep, Adam Hasan. The resolution supports training for teachers and administrators to better interact and […]

The Chalk Board for February 8, 2015

By Sally Absher Hardin Valley Academy APUSH Class Seeks Tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ Students in Ms. Guy’s AP U.S. History (APUSH) class at Hardin Valley Academy (HVA) are undertaking an ambitious project that illustrates how students in Knox County Schools are encouraged to “think and learn outside the box.” The Focus was contacted by Gabby […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Well, we have it on authority: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and therefore we will have an early spring. This prediction makes about as much sense as the predictions of thirteen polls which said Trump would win the “Hawki Cauci.” Frankly, I distrust pollsters […]

Prof Loy

By Ralphine Major It hangs in a special place as an inspiration to others.  The diploma is from Tennessee State Normal School, which today is known as East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.  It is a reminder of someone whose life influenced so many during their school days.  He was long-time educator Harvey Gibson […]

Flat beer and soured milk

By Joe Rector I opened up the refrigerator door the other day, got a whiff of something foul, and slammed it shut. Sure, I should have completed a search for the offending item, but the truth is, I was afraid of losing my lunch by playing detective. The refrigerator in most homes can often produce […]

Vols happy with Class of 2016

By Alex Norman All coaches say that they are happy with their recruiting classes on National Signing Day. Heck, Derek Dooley put a rose on that Class of 2012 that didn’t have one offensive lineman in the bunch. Not one! But Tennessee coach Butch Jones actually does have good reason for positivity.  Jones and the […]

300 Youth Orchestra Students Perform KSYO Winter Concerts

300 Youth Orchestra Students Perform KSYO Winter Concerts

    The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association (KSYOA) will present TWO winter concerts on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15 at the Tennessee Theatre, featuring all five youth orchestras and the winners of the 2015-16 Concerto Competition. These concerts are sponsored by Richard Fox and Ralph Cianelli.   The KSYO Winter Concert will […]

Legal and Public Notices for February 8, 2016

  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 May 5, 2008, executed by EMMA DALTON, conveying certain real property therein described to KEVIN JONES, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Knox […]