The Hubris of Lane Kiffin

By Alex Norman The smartest guy in the room… well, the guy who thinks he is the smartest guy in the room… he’s never really the smartest guy in the room, you know? The smartest guy in the room is actually so smart that he makes sure that no one knows that he is the […]

New Year’s Day menu included humble pie for many SEC fans

By Steve Williams Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day has long been a tradition in the South. Legend has it the bean-like dish helps bring good luck. This year, for dessert, many Southeastern Conference football fans could have finished their first meal of 2015 with some humble pie. The menu certainly called for it […]

Focus on the Law: Premises Liability

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Premises liability refers to certain situations where the owner of property is legally responsible for injury or loss to a party while on the premises. This legal situation falls under the category of negligence actions. According to Chapter 18 of Tennessee Elements of Action (West Publishing 2010), to successfully […]

Special Education 101

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher This month The Focus will be presenting a series on Special Education. This is a topic that few of us think about, unless we have a child with special needs. Sadly, many regular and even special education teachers are not fully aware of the various laws and policies […]

Candice McQueen Appointed Commissioner of Education

By Sally Absher The week before Christmas, Gov. Bill Haslam announced that he was appointing Dr. Candice McQueen to serve as Tennessee Commissioner of Education, ending weeks of speculation about who would replace outgoing Commissioner Kevin Huffman. After watching Huffman institute years of “rigorous and robust” profit-driven public school reform, many of us worried if […]

Firm Decisions

By Rosie Moore I missed my deadline for sending my last article for the year of 2014 so I will be extra meticulous about sending in my thoughts for the year 2015. In other words, I’m making resolutions, or firm decisions this year. I looked up the word resolve in my old dictionary I have […]

Every Day Can Be Christmas in our hearts

By Ralphine Major The signs are slowly disappearing, and festivities for the most celebrated holiday of the year have ended. The long-awaited time when families get together for sharing meals and opening gifts has come and gone. Many traveled long distances to their destinations and have returned home. Scenes of special family reunions tugged at […]

A Day Away: Visiting the sad cemetery at Lakeshore

By Mike Steely I was over at Lakeshore Park recently taking photos for a feature story and decided to go across Lyons View Pike and visit the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. It was all decorated with Christmas wreaths and it looked beautiful. I’ve been impressed with that Veterans Cemetery and the other cemetery on Governor […]

The New Look

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Winter’s cold has finally come and I needed my heavy coat. I expected to find it pushed to the back of our closet by other season’s garb. I never expected to find, instead, the coat of a bygone era. The white hospital lab coat now relegated to the back of the […]

Knoxville Focus for January 5, 2015

Sign Task Force to meet again By Mike Steely After almost three years of revisions and debate in public meetings, Knoxville’s voluminous Sign Ordinance proposal seems to be no closer to being passed than it was in February 2012, when a task force was appointed to revise the various ordinances. The task force’s initial idea […]