Congressman John J. Duncan

By Ray Hill   For two decades there was no politician in the Second Congressional district more popular than John James Duncan. John Duncan had hitchhiked to Knoxville with five dollars in his pocket to attend the University of Tennessee and remained, rising to become Law Director and Mayor of Knoxville and eventually won a […]

Tennessee at SEC Media Days

  By Alex Norman Football season might not officially begin for the Tennessee Volunteers until September 5th, but last week’s appearance at SEC Media Days certainly marks the unofficial start to the 2015 campaign. Over 1000 credentialed media members were on hand for the annual gabfest with players and the head coach for all 14 […]

Forecast at SEC Media Days: Alabama or Auburn in title game?

By Steve Williams The preseason football forecast that came out of SEC Media Days last week was a head scratcher. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference and Alabama was tabbed to come out on top in the Western Division. What was crazy was Auburn being voted to win the […]

Looking at the beginning 40 years later

By Joe Rector I received a message on Facebook not long ago. Bill Fogarty contacted me with information that his class was holding a reunion and that I was invited. Just being thought of was enough, but this class is a special one; it’s the first one I taught. Yep, the class of 1975 is […]

Great advice for women

By Rosie Moore It’s a dangerous world out there ladies, so be careful! Here are a few tips for consideration which will help you to be safe: Did you know that your elbow is the strongest point on your body? If you are close enough to use it, do! If you are ever thrown in […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

THE CHALK BOARD: July 20, 2015

By Sally Absher  Teacher Supply Depot Donations Sought It may be the last thing on your kids’ mind, but Knox County teachers are starting to think about getting their classrooms ready for students – who will be back in school in less than a month. Supplies like pencils, pens, paper, calculators and notebooks add up […]

Is Your Child in a Failing School District?

By Sally Absher Randy Turner, a former English Teacher, writes in the online edition of the Huffington Post that there are better ways than test scores to tell if your child is in a “failing school district.” We at The Focus decry the term “failing school” – KCS has many great schools and excellent teachers […]

Focus on the Law: Spaying and neutering pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Humane Society of the United States’ website, “about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year.” This problem of pet overpopulation can be reduced by spaying and neutering pets. In Tennessee state law requires that dogs and cats being […]

The Angry American

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I had planned to write about cognitive aging, but then the Planned Parenthood video exposed the depravity of this organization and its agents. Recently, I wrote about the “moral vacuum” which occurs when religion is no longer considered relevant or hip and is replaced by the State. Secularism without a moral […]

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