Knox County Schools’ Non-renewal Problem

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com When the legislature passed a bill in 2011 making it more difficult for Tennessee teachers to get tenure, many people thought this was a good thing. After all, the previous year, Davis Guggenheim’s pseudo-documentary “Waiting for Superman” popularized the false statement that “Tenure is automatic, and it means […]

Sunburn

By Joe Rector My grandson Madden came to Knoxville during the Memorial Day weekend. He pulled off his shirt on Friday evening, and his shoulders and arms were fiery. It was the boy’s first ever taste of sunburn. His parents have been good at slathering him up with sun screen, but this time, Madden and […]

Corryton’s 8-Mile Race

By Ralphine Major It is home to the world-renowned Oakes Daylilies.  It has a post office, library, community center and fire station.  Several churches can be found within its boundaries, as well as Corryton Elementary School.  The rural place is tucked away in Knox County’s northeast section.  On Saturday, June 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m., […]

The Problems with Youth Sports

By Alex Norman Let me start this article by saying that there are a lot of great things about youth sports. It gives kids an opportunity to get some exercise.  It teaches them to work with others.  And playing sports is all sorts of fun. The only thing wrong with youth sports is what adults […]

Playing the big boys helps GCA join Knoxville’s title gang

By Steve Williams The season before Mitch Turner got the head baseball coach’s position at Grace Christian Academy, he made a key observation at the TSSAA Class A state tournament as the Rams’ assistant. “I noticed two years ago we were a little shell shocked when we got there,” said Turner. “The stage was just […]

In God We Trust

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   “Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic expression of Americanism. Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor American way of life.”    Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1955 America has changed dramatically since President Eisenhower penned those words. I was four years old in 1955, […]

Remembering Memorial Day

By Rosie Moore In 1915 a poem written by Moina Michael commemorates the day that everyone remembers as Memorial Day.   We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.   The poem refers to the thousands who died […]

James B. Frazier, Jr.

By Ray Hill   James Beriah Frazier, Jr. came from one of Tennessee’s most distinguished families; young Jim was the son and namesake of a former governor and United States senator. Born June 23, 1890 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, J. B. Frazier, Jr. went through the public schools before attending the Baylor School in his home […]

Standing Tall in Every Phase of Life

By Ralphine Major I thought by not opening my e-mail, it would in some way discard the news I did not want to hear.  But, I opened the message and read its contents:  “Tommy passed away.”  My mind began flashing back to the times I had seen Tommy Everette through the years—on the ball court, […]

Let’s talk about books

By Rosie Moore “Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She looks forward to it. Se even started to […]

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