Seriously

By Joe Rector The world faces continuing problems: assaults by extremists groups who seek to destroy anything or anyone that opposes them, threats of war from countries with chips on their shoulders, and natural disasters that leave millions homeless and helpless. With all that goes on each day, it’s hard to believe the petty, ridiculous […]

Doug Harris elected Chairman of Knox County Board of Education

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education conducted its annual “reorganization” at the September regular Board meeting last week. Gloria Deathridge nominated Doug Harris (who announced publicly at Monday’s work session he was “throwing his name in the hat” for Chair), and Karen Carson quickly seconded the nomination. Outgoing chair Mike McMillan asked if […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part V

By Ray Hill By 1929, Luke Lea had reached the apex of his political influence in Tennessee.  Lea was the undisputed power behind the throne and no one had more influence in the administration of Governor Henry Horton.  When Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Lawrence D. Tyson, died unexpectedly in August of 1929, Horton immediately […]

Heading to the game?

By Dan Andrews If you are still on the fence about making the drive to Nashville Saturday for the Vols game against the Bowling Green Falcons, here are some links and ideas that might help you make up your mind.   Getting There As of 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, seats are still available on Greyhound. […]

Neyland Stadium stands firm under strains of ‘Rocky Top’

By Dan Andrews Long before Coach Jones began building the football program “brick by brick,” Dr. Richard M. Bennett was given the task of making sure Neyland Stadium would not crumble into a pile of bricks. Dr. Bennett is a professor at University of Tennessee. He is a world renowned expert in civil and environmental […]

Memories

By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of the most iconic and intriguing works of modern art is Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. You may remember Dali’s visionary landscape of his native Catalonia festooned with melting clocks. One art critic described the surrealistic landscape as dreamlike, whereupon awaking the contents of the dream melts away. Everyone […]

The Chalk Board, August 31, 2015

By Sally Absher Belle Morris Elementary Celebrates 100 Years! Last Thursday morning, Belle Morris Elementary School hosted a celebration commemorating the 100 years anniversary of its founding in 1915.  Dignitaries including Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero kicked off the celebration at 9 a.m. The students performed a Maypole […]

No Strikes and You’re Out?

By Sally Absher In the quiet of July 4th week, parent and former president of the Bearden Softball Booster Club Randy Susong addressed the Board of Education about the forced resignation of Bearden High School softball coach Leonard Sams. Sams was asked to resign on June 4 after seven years of coaching at BHS. Susong […]

Super Subs: Gene Cantley (Part III)

By Ralphine Major The sense of community for a rural school in northeast Knox County was strong.  It was evident by the support they showed to the Gibbs High School basketball team Bob Dagley coached to a 31-2 record in 1965.  Many families of the players had strong ties to the school. Gene Cantley was […]

Sneakers

By Joe Rector I just watched a news story about the re-birth of Converse tennis shoes. Such things as this give me confidence that our country is still clinging to the goodness that has been around for years. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but I did feel good hearing that a 98 year-old […]

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