Focus on the Law: Amendment Two Recap

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The results from the November 4, 2104 election are still unofficial but preliminary results on Amendment 2 show 831,549 votes statewide in favor of the amendment and 533,522 against it. Amendment 2 amends Section 3 of Article VI of the Constitution of Tennessee to establish a modified federal plan […]

The clarion bell has rung. I hear, see, and feel that feedback from “Rebel Nation” has merit on many levels. One email will have me looking not just at football games, but life differently. The most persuasive written words come from a student named E. (withholding full name unless I get permission to use full […]

Legals and Public Notices for 111714

75 FORECLOSURES NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Vicki Marie Maison executed a Deed of Trust to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Citibank, N.A., Lender and First American Title Company, Trustee(s), which was dated April 26, 2012 and recorded on May 17, 2012 in Instrument No. 201205170064830, Knox […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 17, 2014

‘Where Inspiration Meets Perspiration’ By Joe Rector On Saturday morning, Nov. 8, the parking lot at Bearden United Methodist Church filled with cars from other areas of Tennessee and other states as people arrived to participate in a yoga workshop offered by former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. Dmitriy Smolensnky, soon to become an instructor […]

Our Neighborhoods: They were here before us

By Mike Steely Over the past several months The Focus has looked at current and past neighborhoods around Knox County, those early settlers who helped build our area, and the names of bridges, highways, streets, and other things that contributed to our past, present and future. This week we look at what was here […]

‘Mr. Speaker:’ Sam Rayburn of Texas

By Ray Hill “Any jackass can kick down a barn, it takes a carpenter to build one.” So said Sam Rayburn of Texas. Completely bald, thickly built and one who never forgot his humble beginnings.  Sam Rayburn was the looniest serving Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives in our nation’s history.  For seventeen […]

Lesa K. Smith pens ‘Love Letters to America’

By Ralphine Major “Heart to heart with God, surrounded by His capable hands, is a place of peace, rest and comfort for the weary.”  This is one of many inspirational thoughts found in Knoxville native Lesa K. Smith’s “Love Letters to America.” The book is somewhat of a road map for life, covering a wide […]

Made in Tennessee

By Mike Steely You may think of our state as mostly rural and producing mainly agriculture, beef, and country music. But the Volunteer State, and especially East Tennessee, has come of age in the 20th and 21st century to become a major manufacturing center. The Knoxville area has been a birthplace of well known […]

A crowd sourcing article for South Doyle

I am offering a crowd source article. Sorry I can’t offer any money, but I can offer you a voice. The final copy must have the approval of my publisher and my editor. It will appear on this blog. I want to know what you think. This is open to everyone.  I will only be […]