The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part III

By Ray Hill Senator Luke Lea had lost his reelection bid in November of 1915, running third behind Congressman Kenneth D. McKellar and former governor Malcolm Patterson.  Lea’s defeat occurred for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was his affiliation with the “fusionist” movement in Tennessee.  Having benefited from his alliance with […]

Two More Knox County Schools Obtain 1:1 Technology

By Sally Absher Knox County Schools announced last Monday that Bearden Middle School and Carter Middle School have been selected to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program directed by Digital Promise. Through this program, these two schools will create innovative learning environments powered by mobile technology.  Students will receive “always-available” Internet access […]

The Chalk Board: August 17, 2015

By Sally Absher Fifth District School Board Member Defeated in 14th District House Special Election Board of Education member Karen Carson received 1,742 votes to telecommunications brokerage business owner Jason Zachary’s 2,397 votes in last Wednesday’s special election primary. The two ran in on the Republican ballot in the West Knoxville 14th District, formerly held […]

Focus on the Law: Types of Deeds

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Conveying ownership of real property requires a writing. This writing is called a deed.  Deeds are good as between parties without registration;  however, registering the deed is necessary to protect the grantee against grantor’s creditors and purchasers from him without actual notice of the deed. Registration of deeds must […]

Opening Day Excitement

By Joe Rector The other morning, Facebook filled with photos of children posing in new clothes and shoes and with the latest back packs and lunch boxes. The official first day of school for Knox County and some other area schools brought in hordes of kids and teachers. I still don’t understand why the school […]

An American Scene

By Ralphine Major It is a scene right out of rural America—little Abbey and her grandfather riding on a John Deere tractor on a gorgeous summer evening with those “spacious skies” and mountains in the background and the American flag blowing in the breeze!  How much more American can it be? Abbey is her […]

The bumper stickers of life

By Rosie Moore Rev. Dale E. Marshall is our interim minister at my church until we get a permanent one. One Sunday he mentioned in his sermon “bumper stickers”–I don’t really remember in what context he mentioned those words, but, immediately my mind began whirring and when it does that I have to put my […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   To experience wonderful things you sometimes have to move out of your comfort zone. This can be a willingness to consider the perspectives of others or it can be a willingness to travel. These days, destination weddings are in vogue. My daughter’s destination wedding was at the top of my […]

Fittingly, 2013 season opener at Gibbs ended under a full moon

By Steve Williams It was a high school football season opener worth recalling. I can’t remember ever seeing a better one, and that’s going back to the mid-1960s. On Aug. 23, 2013, I was covering the Carter at Gibbs opener for The Knoxville Focus. On this night, I took my notes on the visitors’ sideline. […]

It’s not good to confuse the voter

By Steve Hunley By this time, readers of The Knoxville Focus realize you won’t find the voice of the political or business establishment inside these pages.  We have plenty of other local media for that.  Yet some folks are mighty slow in realizing the general public is growing more and more restive under the existing […]

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