Parents Rally for Non-Renewed Teachers

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com More than 50 parents, students, and teachers braved threats of thunderstorms to attend a rally outside the City County building prior to last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. Most were dressed in red to show support for over 40 non-tenured teachers whose contracts were not renewed for the following school year. […]

Congressman Robert A. “Fats” Everett

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, the late Congressman Robert Ashton “Fats” Everett was one of the more colorful from the political pages of Tennessee’s history.  Everett was by any measure a political professional well before he ever was elected to Congress. Tall and weighing in at over three-hundred pounds, most everyone called […]

A Lot of Familiar Faces in the Class of ‘54

By Ralphine Major It was one of last summer’s highlights! Carol and Perry McGinnis graciously invited me to be their guest at Perry’s 60th Class Reunion for the Gibbs High School Class of 1954.  The couple has appeared in several columns in the ongoing series about his outstanding and successful career as the very first […]

Want to ride a horse or a camel?

By Mike Steely If you’re looking for a place within an easy day’s drive from Knoxville where you can ride a horse or a camel, there are a couple of places in northern Kentucky you might want to visit. The Kentucky Horse Park, just north of Lexington, has horses to ride and trails to follow. […]

The Chalk Board: June 29, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Rally Before BOE meeting on  Wednesday July 1. A KCS Parents has organized a rally to be held on Wednesday June 1 at 3:30 in front of the City County Building. It will last till 5:00 at which time participants are encouraged to attend the BOE meeting to show support for […]

Things are not what they seem

By Rosie Moore There is nothing more picturesque than to see the white snow falling gently to the ground, making bushes, trees, barns, houses and all sorts of statuesque objects look like white figures in the scenery. This will continue for hours then, suddenly, something happens! The electric wires become heavy, the roads become flattened […]

First Christian Church Survives a Painful End

By Joe Rector Not many eyes were dry in the congregation. No, the minister hadn’t just delivered a hellfire and brimstone sermon. Instead, folks were gathered to grieve their loss, and it was one that cut to the quick of each person’s heart. First Christian Church not more than a month ago celebrated the 100th […]

With Pat’s help, there’s still time for a change of Hart

By Steve Williams I’ve tried to get Dave Hart’s attention about this Lady Vol thing. In my annual Dear Santa letter, I asked for Hart to be showered with Lady Vol gifts, with the hope that might make him a more passionate Lady Vol fan and understand better all the fuss about eliminating the iconic […]

Hindsight

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I always seem to be late writing about calendar events. I do okay with the big ones like Christmas and News Years, but I missed Father’s Day. Perhaps I’m tardy because my column appears once a week. You’d think I’d plan ahead, but I don’t. Maybe it’s because I increasingly live […]

Missing Andy Rooney

By Rosie Moore Do you remember Andy Rooney from Sixty Minutes?  I do and I really miss his dry wit and humorous observations. Andy was born in New York City in 1919 and passed away in 2011. He was a Radio and TV writer who he became a Sunday night TV staple in 1978 when […]

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