The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

By Ray Hill In 1943, while still a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Cabinet, Harold L. Ickes wrote his autobiography.  Aptly entitled “Autobiography of a Curmudgeon,” Ickes immediately said, “If, in these pages, I have hurled an insult at anyone, be it known that such was my deliberate intent, and I may as well […]

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

By Sally Absher Welcome Back Students! A hearty “Welcome back” to Knox County students and their families! We hope you (or your parents) will make a habit of reading the Chalk Board column in the weekly Knoxville Focus paper – either the print version that comes out on Mondays, or the online version available at […]

AEDs

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Summer is the season when Americans travel. We go to the beach, we cruise the Caribbean and some of us travel to Europe and other foreign lands. I’m blessed to have traveled extensively throughout my life. I’ve stood atop the Pyrenees in Andorra, and skied at 12,000 feet in the Rocky […]

Thanking Ben Byrd for the job and the memories

By Steve Williams The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame thanked one of its own at last week’s 35th annual Dinner and Induction ceremonies. Ben Byrd, the longtime sports editor and columnist of The Knoxville Journal who was inducted into the GKSHOF in 1987, was a special award recipient in the “Thanks for the Memories” […]

Letting our voices and spirits rise

By Joe Rector One of the blessings of this life is singing. I’ve heard some folks say they can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but the fact is that the lack of ability rarely prevents any of us from belting out a tune. It’s “making a joyful noise unto the lord.” Most of us […]

A Time for Poetry

By Rosie Moore In my little book “Daily Psalms and Prayers” on July 26, I read these words: I must go down to the seas again to the lonely sea and sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song […]

What to do when suspected of DUI

By Jedidiah McKeehan Okay, so you have been pulled over by a police officer, probably late at night, and probably shortly after you’ve left an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages.  The officer has already asked for your license, insurance information and (possibly) registration, which you are required to provide, and begins to inquire about your […]

The Buzz from Buzz: July Edition

By Sally Absher   A few weeks ago, The Focus had an opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas. We talked about the new school year, administrative appointments, and some announced and rumored changes in Central Office staff. Thomas plans to continue the tradition of visiting schools across the district […]

The Chalk Board for August 1, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s School Time in Tennessee! A hearty “Welcome back” to all of Knox County’s wonderful teachers and school administrators as you return to school this week! We wish you the very best for the 2016-2017 school year! Check The Focus often for news and updates you may not find in the other […]

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