Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week a group of citizen journalists released a report on their investigation of Knox County Schools dismissal practices at the monthly meeting of Students, Parents, and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK). Fifth District Board candidate Susan Horn was also in attendance. The report, “A Review of Personnel Dismissals by Knox […]

FDR Comes to Tennessee

FDR Comes to Tennessee

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Tennessee several times during his presidency.  It gave local politicians the opportunity to bask in the glow of Roosevelt’s magnetic presence and the people of Tennessee to actually see the jaunty tilt of FDR’s large head, cigarette holder firmly clenched between his teeth.  The popular image […]

American Legion appeals to City Council

American Legion appeals to City Council

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville City Council passed on first reading Mayor Rogero’s proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday night. The officials heard reports from the Historic Zoning Commission about saving historic properties and from Kim Trent, of Knox Heritage, about such efforts and her intentions to release the new “Endangered 15” list next […]

Bearden eliminates Rebels on emotional night 7-2

Bearden eliminates Rebels on emotional night 7-2

By Ken Lay Bearden High School boys soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe admitted that soccer took a back seat Thursday night but he knew that his top-seeded Bulldogs had to play a District 4-AAA Tournament semifinal. Bearden (16-3) did play and win as it eliminated fourth-seeded West High School with a 7-2 victory at Bruce Allender […]

Duhamel runs from TSD to UT

Duhamel runs from TSD to UT

  By Steve Williams Gashaw Duhamel has won a lot of races in his decorated prep career, but his greatest victory has been making Tennessee School for the Deaf very proud. The announcement that TSD athletic director Luke Benson e-mailed to The Knoxville Focus and other media outlets last Thursday tells it all: “Gashaw Duhamel […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 9, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 9, 2016

ARMSTRONG ELECTED TO LEAD TENNESSEE COUNTY ATTORNEYS Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong has been elected President of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association (TCAA) at its Spring Conference held April 29-30, 2016 in Chattanooga. The TCAA consists of County Attorneys and their deputies from both urban and rural counties across the state of Tennessee. […]

DAV to hold Memorial Service, calls for wheelchairs

DAV to hold Memorial Service, calls for wheelchairs

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 24, will hold a Memorial Service for Veterans Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a meal prepared by the Auxiliary and a 6:30 service with Chaplin Harold Wilson. The DAV post is located at 2600 Holbrook Avenue, above the Fountain City Park. The Knoxville Chapter of […]

Who’s Minding the Store?

Who’s Minding the Store?

By Steve Hunley The Nashville Tennessean has performed a real public service by detailing the hemorrhage of money that has flowed out of Tennessee’s Department of Human Services.  Comptroller Justin Wilson has released information about shocking abuses that not only boggle the mind, but confound the imagination.  The Tennessee DHS presides over an $80 million […]

Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill Unlike many Southern states, Oklahoma did not continuously reelect incumbent United States senators, yet John William Elmer Thomas was one of the longest serving senators from the Sooner State. When he first entered the U.S. Senate, Elmer Thomas could have come straight from central casting; tall, prematurely white haired, with a classic […]