Latest on Termination of Parental Rights

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Tennessee Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously last week on a termination of parental rights case that may have a big impact on the likelihood a child in state custody may be adopted. The case is In re Kaliyah S. et al and it was decided on Jan. 22, […]

Knoxville Focus for January 26 2015

Cate enjoys homecoming at Halls Invitational By Ken Lay Alex Cate returned to his high school wrestling home recently. Cate, now the wrestling coach at Seymour High School, brought his Eagles to the Halls Invitational. The tournament not only provided Cate, a 2004 Halls High graduate, a chance to return to North Knox County. It […]

Publisher’s Position: Don’t Confuse the Voter

By Steve Hunley In my opinion, one of the most important maxims in business is “don’t confuse your customer.” This maxim is also true for politics. However, in the case of politicians, customers are voters. So, one of the top maxims of politicians should be “don’t confuse the voter.” For several months there has been […]

Georgia’s Wild Man: Eugene Talmadge

  By Ray Hill For two decades, Eugene “Gene” Talmadge, was a fixture in Georgia politics.  Bold, brash and plain spoken, Gene Talmadge was almost always on the ballot for some office until his death. Born on September 23, 1884 in Forsyth, Georgia, Gene Talmadge was far better educated than one might have otherwise believed.  […]

Gray comes home for Halls Invitational

By Ken Lay Wrestling has always been a family affair for Benji Gray and ironically, it was family that sent the 2000 Halls High School graduate to Nashville. Gray, who wrestled for the Red Devils and was later an assistant coach at his alma mater under legendary coach Chris Vandergriff and Shannon Sayne, went to […]

Lindsay prefers to just count the games he’s coached

By Steve Williams A while back, a curious Chris Lindsay figured up the number of high school boys varsity basketball games he had coached in his long career. That number, which included 611 games in 22 seasons at West, reached the 700-plateau recently in his fourth season at Berean Christian School. “I’ve never counted wins […]

Everly Brothers Park waiting paperwork

By Mike Steely For months the Bearden area has been awaiting word from the Tennessee Department of Transportation about transferring a small piece of right-of-way on Kingston Pike to the city. The idea is to create a “pocket park” to honor the Everly Brothers at the corner of Forest Park and Kingston Pike in […]


The City of Knoxville Police Department and other local sponsors are hosting a collection of unwanted medicines and a used mercury thermometer exchange on Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24.   The event will be offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days during the Healthy Living Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center.   It’s an […]

Teacher Supply Depot Opens Jan. 24

On Saturday, Jan. 24, 7 a.m.-noon, Knox County Schools’ teachers, teaching assistants and nurses will have the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies when the Knox County Schools Teacher Supply Depot opens for the third time in the 2014-2015 school year.   The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County Schools’ teachers and others with […]

Column: (Mis)understanding Teacher Absences

By Sally Absher   Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Judging from the reaction to a couple of recent articles in the Knoxville daily paper about teacher absenteeism, this is still true.   The first article, “Understanding teacher absences: Overall numbers show decline, but some […]