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 […]

Legals and Public Notices for January 19, 2015

75 FORECLOSURES 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 30, 2001, executed by BRENDA GASKIN-RILEY , conveying certain real property therein described to ALLEN J. WARE, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office […]

Knoxville Focus for January 19, 2015

Schoonmaker selected for 5th District Seat By Mike Steely John R. Schoonmaker, Chairman of the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals and once a former candidate who stood for election to 5th District seat in 2008, was selected in a split vote by the Knox County Commission to replace Dr. Richard Briggs as that […]

Special Education Spotlight: Laci and Elise

By Sally Absher For this week’s Special Education feature, The Focus spoke with Patti Quinton, the mother of four beautiful girls. Caitlyn, 20, is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee.  Kristen, 15, is a sophomore at the L & N STEM Academy.  Laci and Elise, 10, are in fourth grade CDC-A at […]

Tennessee In Congress: 1939

By Ray Hill Tennessee has been quite fortunate in oftentimes having an excellent Congressional delegation.  The landscape and economic condition of Tennessee would be much different had it not been for the ability of some of our Congressional delegation to secure projects for our state and keep them flourishing. 1939 was a difficult year for […]

A Tale of Three Buildings

By Mike Steely Here and there around Knox County are several noted buildings that many people pass without knowing the story behind the structures. There are lots of early structures that have a unique beginning and have survived the years to be used for many different purposes. The Fountain City Building, the Emporium Building […]

Vols welcome newcomers to football program

By Alex Norman In 2014 the Tennessee Volunteers had a winning season for the first time in five years, back when Lane Kiffin was head coach.  They also picked up their first bowl game victory since 2008, back when Phillip Fulmer was head coach. Butch Jones has this football program on the upswing, and Tennessee […]

Seymour Celebrates Those Who Serve

    Every third Thursday of the month, the Seymour Area Chamber of Commerce (S.A.C.C.) members get together for a morning breakfast to build their business relationships.  The Chamber had a lot to celebrate at its breakfast meeting in December, hosted by Chamber member Sevier County Bank in Seymour, on the 18th.   Starting off […]

“The Lion of White Hall” at Roundtable Meeting tonight

By Mike Steely Cassius Marcellus Clay, Kentucky’s controversial politician, Civil War ambassador to Russia, and emancipationist will be the topic of historian Ed Archer’s speech on Tuesday, January 13, before the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. Archer, the great-grandson of Confederate General James Jay Archer, is also noted for his demonstration of Civil War medical equipment. […]

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