Thin Skinned

By Joe Rector Weather during Christmas 2015 was wet, but the temperatures were warm, so much so that I wondered if we were actually someplace much closer to the Florida coast. However, winter showed its ugly teeth this past week and reminded us that it still has plenty of time to make life miserable before […]

‘State of the School’ Addressed at South Doyle Middle School

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Tuesday, Principal Taiwo Sutton and the administrative team from South Doyle Middle School hosted a “State of the School” address. The school has been in the news recently with reports of fights and discipline, and behavior problems. Linda Holtzclaw, a 32 year veteran teacher, resigned from SDMS mid-semester last fall, […]

The Chalk Board for January 18, 2016

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 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 Special Called meeting will […]

A Quarter of a Million Dollars to Resign?

By Sally Absher abshers@knoxfocus.com When the news broke two weeks ago that Director of Schools Jim McIntyre was resigning, there were mixed reactions. Of course, those connected to the (Haslam) establishment bemoaned the loss of their “star quarterback,” citing gains in student achievement and graduation rates. One only has to look at a recent email […]

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 steelym@knoxfocus.com 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 […]

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