A Fond Goodbye

By Rosie Moore “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it.” Reverend Charles Michael Mills uttered these words nearly every Sunday to his congregation for many years. He recently retired as pastor of Fairmont Presbyterian church after a long pastorate of sixteen years. He also served as pastor in churches […]

A Special Team

By Ralphine Major It will soon be coming to a close. My long-running series on the 1965 Gibbs Eagles’ basketball team has gone on much longer than I had planned. Only a handful of feature stories remain to be written about the team and former Eagles’ Coach, Bob Dagley. I once looked at the team […]

Driving Rules Review

By Joe Rector My job as a shuttler for Avis Budget has placed me in the midst of some of the heaviest traffic and worst drivers in the area. I don’t claim to be the best operator of a motor vehicle, but at least I have some concept of the rules of the road. With […]

The House that Jack Built: One Family’s Fight for Inclusion

By Sally Absher Jack Anderson was born in Los Angeles in 2004. When he was 16 months old he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was enrolled in an early intervention program in California for five hours/day, five days/week. His mom, Stephanie Anderson, said “this was a free, amazing place in L.A. that right […]

East TN Autism and Special Needs Support Group begins

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com On Sunday, January 18, the East TN Autism & Special Needs Support for Families held their inaugural meeting in Knoxville. Facilitator April Roga organized what she thought would be a one to two hour “town hall” for families with children who have special needs to meet and share experiences and resources. […]

Latest on Termination of Parental Rights

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Tennessee Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously last week on a termination of parental rights case that may have a big impact on the likelihood a child in state custody may be adopted. The case is In re Kaliyah S. et al and it was decided on Jan. 22, […]

Publisher’s Position: Don’t Confuse the Voter

By Steve Hunley In my opinion, one of the most important maxims in business is “don’t confuse your customer.” This maxim is also true for politics. However, in the case of politicians, customers are voters. So, one of the top maxims of politicians should be “don’t confuse the voter.” For several months there has been […]

Georgia’s Wild Man: Eugene Talmadge

  By Ray Hill For two decades, Eugene “Gene” Talmadge, was a fixture in Georgia politics.  Bold, brash and plain spoken, Gene Talmadge was almost always on the ballot for some office until his death. Born on September 23, 1884 in Forsyth, Georgia, Gene Talmadge was far better educated than one might have otherwise believed.  […]

Focus on the Law: Holidays

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Today, being the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.  It is a legal holiday according to Tennessee law because it is a day “appointed by the governor or by the president of the United States as a day of fasting or thanksgiving, and all days […]

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