Knoxville’s Hidden History

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It’s hard to imagine what the little settlement of Knoxville looked like before the place became a town. When the territorial governor was looking for a location for a capitol, he considered the Southwest Point Fort in what is now Kingston and the James White Fort in Knoxville. That was before […]

English Idioms

By Rosie Moore Every language has its own collections of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture. These sayings are called “idioms.” I saw a friend a few days ago and she asked why I wasn’t at church for a […]

Piddle Diddle on the Road

By Ralphine Major It was pouring down rain just days after Autumn made her appearance!  But, that didn’t bother Piddle Diddle.  She was happy because she had found her lost hat! “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” is the first in a series, “Adventures of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin.”   Piddle Diddle is the little penguin character that […]

October Board of Education Meetings

By Sally Absher The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen Carson asked for personal privilege to defer the approval of […]

The Chalk Board: October 12, 2015

By Sally Absher Second Annual Redeeming Red for Dyslexia Day This Thursday, Oct. 15, is World Dyslexia Day. Decoding Dyslexia-TN’s Julya Johnson and County Commissioner Jeff Ownby are celebrating Knoxville’s 1 in 5! Come join in the celebration – meet near Calhoun’s at Volunteer Landing in Knoxville at 7:15 pm. The Henley Street Bridge will […]

Admiring grandson says it’s cool to have a NFL great in family

By Steve Williams When I first heard about a kid named Naumoff playing football at Farragut High School a couple of years ago, I wondered if he might be related to Paul Naumoff, the great University of Tennessee linebacker of the 1960s. Sure enough, Jacob Naumoff, the senior quarterback for the Admirals this season, is […]

History repeats itself

By Joe Rector For some reason, I feel as if my writing has been more on rants than lighter topics. I’d like that to change, but too many topics cry out for attention. The most recent topic deals with the latest Holocaust news. It seems that history repeats itself. According to CBS’s “Sixty Minutes,” Father […]

Quaking

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Most of us think of a natural disaster when we encounter the word quake. Actually, the word in our English lexicon can be either a noun or an intransitive verb, as in shake or vibrate. But this week I want to challenge you with an additional definition of quake, and […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 12, 2015

  October Board of Education Meetings Yield Unexpected Outcomes By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen […]

Publisher’s Position: Non-profit Politics

By Steve Hunley If anything in this town epitomizes the establishment, it is Leadership Knoxville.  Ostensibly an organization to indoctrinate those deemed worthy enough to be invited to participate on government, process and politics.  For a few years now, Leadership Knoxville has held a school for candidates. For a mere $50, prospective candidates got lunch […]

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