A Life of Memories

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I once read that Billy Graham was sorry he didn’t memorize more Bible verses when he was young, so that he would have them when he was older and failing vision made reading the Bible more difficult. Memorization is not emphasized in education these days. My sixth grade teacher made our […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 14, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for March 14, 2016

E-911 Director Change Possible By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville-Knox County Director of the E-911 System may be on his way to early retirement. The system’s Personnel Committee met in a called session Wednesday to hear the results of an employee survey and then discussed the various options concerning Director Bob Coker’s employment. Vicki Hatfield, […]

Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby

By Steve Hunley American presidential primary debates have become such a spectacle that I believe is harming the process. The current primary process began two years before people actually started voting. The longer the contest, the greater the expense and candidates must raise hundreds of millions of dollars just to compete in the primaries. By […]

Presidential Character

Presidential Character

By Ralphine Major The professor’s timing is perfect!  In the midst of a presidential election, the release of his book entitled “Presidential Character” is sure to spark enthusiasm for our nation’s highest office.  Timothy D. Holder, Knoxville resident and Professor of History at Walters State, talks about the first six presidents of the United States […]

Neighborhood gathering a success

Neighborhood gathering a success

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com More than 450 people turned out for the Neighborhood Awards and Networking Luncheon at the Knoxville Convention Center recently. The annual event featured exhibits from various city and county agencies, companies, and the presentation of the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award. David Gillette of Mechanicsville received the Good […]

Amendment Puts Adequate Public School Funding at Risk

By Sally Absher When Tennessee legislators last took their Oath of Office, they solemnly swore that “I will faithfully support the Constitution of this State and of the United States, and I do solemnly affirm that as a member of this General Assembly… I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, […]

The Chalk Board for March 7, 2016

By Sally Absher Knox County TNReady Testing Underway… Finally. KCS Director of Schools Jim McIntyre announced at last Monday’s Board workshop meeting that 44 of KCS schools had received the paper tests as of Friday February 26, and the remaining schools in the county received their tests on Monday February 29. The first day of […]

Home

By Joe Rector Not too long ago, I read a Facebook post by Kim Morton. She was a student of mine back when I was young. She and her family are leaving the house her mother called home for 40 years. I’ll steal just a few words from her post to let you get a […]

Caesar

By Dr. Jim Ferguson By the time you read this the die will be cast. Tennesseans in record numbers had a chance to voice their opinion in perhaps the most important election in decades. It’s not over on the Republican side, but it’s just a formality for the Democrat’s choice of standard bearer. Actually, Bernie […]

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