Police use technology to prevent crime

By Dan Andrews In February of 2015, Knoxville Police Chief Rausch implemented a test of a new community crime fighting program study utilizing synthetic dna (selectadna) to help fight property crime in Knoxville. The purpose of the study was to determine if using an advanced anti-theft device in a coordinated effort within certain neighborhoods would […]

A Living Being

By Dr. Jim Ferguson What defines a human being? This is not a rhetorical question. A new hominid was recently discovered in Ethiopia and was said to have lived “alongside” Lucy, the famous hominid ancestor of humans; that is if you ascribe to the theory of evolution rather than the Biblical account of human origins. […]

Almost Autumn

By Ralphine Major It happens this time every year. Long summer days and the blazing hot sun slowly begin to disappear. Football season has started, the Tennessee Valley Fair has already come to Knoxville, and fall festivals are filling the calendar. The signs are in place. Autumn is showing up in East Tennessee! Beautiful fall […]

The Chalk Board, September 21, 2015

By Sally Absher TN Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment Report Last week the TN Department of Education released the Final Report of the Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment. The Task Force was established in the spring of 2015 by Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen to “address concerns about the amount […]

The Wisdom of Dads

By Joe Rector I recently changed jobs, but my duties still revolve around moving vehicles. In this new position, my travels are confined to the parking lot of the business. I’ve met some new folks and talked with them about a variety of things. It’s during one of those workdays that I discovered some wise […]

Happy Birthday, Everyone!

By Rosie Moore   Since the beginning of time, everyone who has been born has to remember the date. Adam and Eve probably didn’t remember the date but I know they remembered the day when God made Adam from dust and Eve was made from Adam’s rib. It has to be remembered that they were […]

Building Relationships at Board of Education Retreat

Building Relationships at Board of Education Retreat

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knox County Board of Education Members gathered at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens Welcome Center on Friday for their annual retreat, facilitated by Kathy Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of HealthCare 21 Business Coalition. An ambitious agenda for the four hour retreat included a review of District 2014-2015 accomplishments, an overview of the […]

The Great Smoky Mountain Park Feud: Senator K. D. McKellar and the National Park Service

The Great Smoky Mountain Park Feud: Senator K. D. McKellar and the National Park Service

By Ray Hill   As with most everything in Tennessee, Senator Kenneth D. McKellar felt a proprietary interest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. McKellar had been instrumental in helping along the park, sponsoring legislation with Senator Claude A. Swanson of Virginia to acquire land for the park. The full history of the Great […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have we forgotten? Maybe we just don’t care anymore. Perhaps we’ve been led to such a degree of segregation that our politics not only shape our optics, but our reality. I know where I was on 9-11-2001. Do you? Every one of the Greatest Generation remembers where they were on December […]

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