Rosie’s World

By Rosie Moore The first week of the New Year 2016 I was whining and moaning and groaning because things were not working out the way I thought they should. Once again my little book “My Daily Psalms & Prayers” came to my rescue. This is what it said on January 6th. “Dear Heavenly Father, […]

Sunday Lunch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I discovered the error of my ways at Sunday lunch. This has happened before. For many years my family and various friends met weekly at Greaty Cuckoo’s home right after the minister’s sermon ended. We adults gathered around the big dining room table that looked out over the Tennessee River, while […]

Ashley’s Gift

By Ralphine Major It seemed like a coincidence.  I heard in the news the resignation of Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre just as I had sent another e-mail message to Ashley’s father. Focus readers met 9-year-old Ashley Boruff in “Young Leader Emerges in Corryton Controversy,” 11-7-11.  Ashley worked to raise money to help save […]

Vols Hire Bob Shoop to lead UT defense

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s defense was good, but not great in 2015, ranking 36th nationwide. But to get to the next level, head coach Butch Jones decided a change was needed.  Exit defensive coordinator John Jancek, and enter Bob Shoop, who spent the past two years building up the defense at Penn State. “What can […]

Publisher’s Position: The ‘Whoopsie’ Defense

By Steve Hunley Jennifer Owen, candidate for the Knox County Board of Education in the Second District, has officially filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.  Mrs. Owen’s complaint involves an email sent by J. Laurens Tullock, President of the Cornerstone Foundation.  The complaint revolves around Tullock’s having sent an overtly political email using […]

Bringing life to the Potter House

Bringing life to the Potter House

  By Mike Steely Some people call a section along Washington Avenue the “Barber Block” for the large number of homes there designed by noted architect George Barber. The name is certainly appropriate but of all the Barber Homes in that Edgewood neighborhood there’s one Barber home that was never in a catalog. Being […]

The Cockatoo

By Rosie Moore On Christmas Eve I met a cockatoo. I really did. His name is Dusty even though he is a beautiful white bird. His lovely comb on the top of his head fluttered up and down constantly. He made a lot of noise, sometimes very loudly, and could speak a few words like, […]

School Board Members Schooled By Law Director

By Sally Absher It is going to be a long seven months and three weeks. That is how much longer certain School Board Members will have to serve who won’t be seeking re-election. These “lame duck” BOE members seem to have made it their mission to cause as much disruption during Board meetings as they […]

The Chalk Board for January 11, 2016

By Sally Absher   Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, January 19 School Board Chairman Doug Harris has scheduled a special called meeting of the Knox County Board of Education for Tuesday, January 19 to discuss a potential resignation agreement and a possible buyout of the superintendent’s contract. The meeting will begin at […]

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