The Knoxville Focus for April 4, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for April 4, 2016

Drop the beer distance ordinance? Council says ‘Not Yet.’ By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It is apparent that the distance between a beer retail store and places like schools, hospitals, churches and mortuaries may someday be changed but a 5-4 vote Tuesday evening by the city council keeps the 300 foot requirement. The close decision not […]

Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

By Ralphine Major You may be one of the Focus readers who has been privileged to hear them sing in one of the more than 175 churches or assisted living facilities over the years.  I have always known them as “The TOTS,” an acronym for “The Old Time Singers,”— though they have playfully said it […]

John Nance Garner as Vice President

John Nance Garner as Vice President

By Ray Hill Few men have been as colorful as John Nance Garner of Texas. Garner spent thirty-eight years in Washington, D. C., and the last eight as vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, Garner shunned the limelight, preferring to make his considerable presence felt in the corridors of power and hidden offices of […]

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

By Mikes Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville is celebrating 225 years this year and you probably don’t realize that the city and its county have some 111 places on the National Register of Historic Sites. That includes not only historic homes and buildings but also landmarks. You probably know our “main” sites on the national registry but […]

Are you sleepless in Knoxville?

By Rosie Moore William Shakespeare, that renowned author from long ago, once wrote in his play, Macbeth, “Sleep….knits up the raveled sleeve of care….sore labor’s bath, balm of hurt minds…chief nourisher in life’s feast.” That sentence sums it up for me. One of my favorite movies is “Sleepless in Seattle.” The main character, played by […]

Bittersweet Car Memories

By Joe Rector The dog woke me up before I was ready on Saturday morning. After taking her to do her business and making a pot of coffee, I sat down at the computer to check my email and Facebook for news and other things. Chuck Mier, a boyhood friend who lived across the street […]

March Magic: Why the NCAA Tournament Rules

By Alex Norman We all know that college athletics can be a cesspool. Shady recruiting, entitled players, fake classes, unfair transfer rules, blowhard coaches, the scam that is season tickets/donations… and we could spend weeks talking about how coaches and administrators make millions while the student-athletes are turned into largely unpaid labor. But through it […]

The Chalk Board for March 28, 2016

By Sally Absher Evening of Elegance On April 11, Knox County Council PTA will host its annual Evening of Elegance at which local unit PTAs across the county are honored for their extraordinary work in our schools. In addition, the group will recognize some outstanding individuals who have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty by […]

$453.5 M Budget for Knox Schools Includes 3% Raise for Teachers

By Sally Absher KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre presented an ambitious set of preliminary budgets at last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting. Included for discussion were the preliminary FY 2017 General Purpose Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, the Plan for Spending Accumulated Capital Savings, and the School Nutrition Fund Budget. According to the 2015 MOU between the […]

Awakening

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a science fiction fan, and one of the classics is Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune.” It’s a tome of a book, but there’s an abbreviated movie version that remains true to the story. A pivotal scene occurs when the protagonist, Paul, awakens to discover who he is and cries heavenward, “Father, […]

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