Coaches say Kick-Off Classic is ‘fun’ and helps with ‘game jitters’

By Steve Williams Over the years, the Knoxville high school football jamboree has been called “a glorified scrimmage” by some and a “dress rehearsal” by others. For many years, it was played at Neyland Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus – a once in a lifetime opportunity for many high school players to experience […]

The Chalk Board, August 3, 2015

By Sally Absher Emerald Academy Begins Week Two While most Knox County School students begin their final week of summer vacation today, 126 kindergarten and first grade students at Emerald Academy are beginning the second week of school. Knoxville’s charter school welcomed the inaugural group of students on July 27.  The school, approved by the […]

‘Knox County Schools Makes Strong Academic Gains’

By Sally Absher On July 29, Knox County Schools issued a press release pertaining to the district academic achievement results for the 2014-15 school year reported by the Tennessee Department of Education. The data includes aggregate grade 3-8 scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End of Course (EOC) exams for school systems […]

God, Country, Home

By Ralphine Major “And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And […]

How we used to do it

By Joe Rector This world doesn’t look too familiar to some of us older folks. From music to technology, the dramatic changes leave us puzzled and asking, “Huh?” Even relationships between boys and girls are different. In another century, teens who liked each other began dating. This is how we used to do it. Boys […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. Travel certainly does this because so much is unpredictable, even with planning. My dad was a travel planner, a Francophile and an oenophile (your words of the week). He loved to meticulously plan his trips to the French wine country. I’m […]

Legal and Public Notices for August 3, 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 April 27, 2007, executed by H. MICHAEL NICHOLSON AND JENNIFER H. NICHOLSON, conveying certain real property therein described to FOOTHILLS TITLE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee, as same […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2015

Can Cell Towers Be Stopped? By Mike Steelysteelym@knoxfocus.comCan anything be done to stop a cell tower from being located in your neighborhood?Requests are constantly being made to the city and county for more and more cell phone towers as the number of smart phone users grow and cell phone providers reach out to serve and […]

Overpass dedicated to Avon Rollins, Sr.

By Focus StaffLast Friday there was a dedication to Mr. Avon W. Rollins, Sr. at the Cherry Street exits at Interstate 40 in East Knoxville. State Senator Becky Massey and State Representative Joe Armstrong joined other state and local officials to honor Rollins for his fight for civil rights and his service to the Knoxville […]

An Insomniac’s Dream: Sleeping with the Sharks

An Insomniac’s Dream: Sleeping with the Sharks

By Dan Andrewsandrewsd@knoxfocus.comHave you ever woken up to sharks swimming above you? Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing that opportunity while staying the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.  My bedroom for the night was a clear glass tunnel that spans 345 feet under 750,000 gallons of water. While it might […]