Kicked to the Curb

By Joe Rector Isn’t it wonderful to land that first full time job? The security that comes with a steady paycheck and affordable insurance is life-changing. We start off planning to be the best employees in the organization and want to stay with the company until retirement. Somehow, that doesn’t happen as much these days. […]

We’ve already got our money’s worth on this season

By Steve Williams This had become a season to remember on Rocky Top before it was even half over. The remarkable rally past Florida had many UT fans calling the 38-28 victory the greatest comeback in Tennessee football history. For some folks it may very well be. For others, like me, who were around to […]

Pro Achievement vs. No Achievement

Pro Achievement vs. No Achievement

By Steve Hunley With the division on the Knox County Board of Education widening, fingers are being pointed at Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas for an email to members about the resolution sponsored by Amber Rountree.  Rountree’s resolution seeks a waiver from the State of Tennessee to keep standardized testing from counting in teacher evaluations and […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part One

Senator Howard Baker, Part One

By Ray Hill During the last decade, Tennessee has become more solidly Republican with the GOP occupying the governorship, both seats in the United States Senate, seven out of nine Congressional seats and a majority in the General Assembly.  Not so long ago, Tennessee was a reliably Democratic state.  The father of Tennessee’s modern Republican […]

Judicial Diversion: What It is and What It Means

By Jedidiah McKeehan There is a lot of confusion about the term judicial diversion, with many thinking it is something like a “get out of jail free” card. Judicial diversion, at its base level, means you can plead guilty to a charge and serve the probationary period for that charge and then at the end of […]

A personal note from Sally Absher

  I have decided to take a sabbatical from writing/reporting for The Focus. As many of you know, I am a consulting geologist during the day, and cover education issues in my spare time – but the demands of my “day job” have increased measurably and consumed me for the past eight months. I need […]

Old-Timers’ Day at Clear Springs

By Ralphine Major There is a message before you even enter:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  The words of Galations 5:22-23, known as the fruit of the Spirit, are engraved in the building at the church’s entrance. Several members of Clear Springs Baptist Church invited us to join their celebration on […]

Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore After a long, hot summer, Autumn is finally here. How refreshing to feel cool breezes in the mornings and evenings. Here is what that famous Old Farmers Almanac predicts for the winter of 2017: Northeast–colder than normal and near normal snowfall. Southeast–mild with some snow. Sound familiar? I didn’t add any other […]

If I knew then what I know now

By Joe Rector I like mowing the yard. Sitting on a riding lawnmower or pushing a mower or trimming with a weed eater is when I do some of my best thinking. I’ve solved some of my own problems and come up with answers to world dilemmas while cutting blades of grass. The only hold […]

Blood Sport

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I made myself tune in to the first Presidential debate. I felt it was my civic duty to consider these two pugilists, one of whom will be our next President. Unfortunately, these so-called debates have become spectacle, hyped by the truly despicable and dishonest main stream media. These creatures still describe […]

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