Backyard Critters

By Joe Rector I like the outside. Nothing depresses me more than being trapped in the house as the rain or snow falls. Working in the yard is a blessing to me, and I’d stay there all the time were I given the opportunity. The only drawbacks to being in the yard or the wooded […]

Rest in Peace, Lady Vols

By Alex Norman Well, that’s it… the Lady Vols as we know them are gone… The University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department, the UT Board of Trustees… they found a way to greatly diminish something that has put the University of Tennessee in a positive light for decades. The decision to eliminate […]

Keeping busy in athletics helped A-E’s Stephens stay focused

By Steve Williams Ahjanai Stephens picked participation over specialization in her high school athletic career at Austin-East. The Lady Roadrunners’ Student-Athlete of the Year participated in three sports plus band her senior year. I think that’s great. It may not be for everybody, but it fit Ahjanai’s needs. It also led to the first question […]

Dependence Day

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I can claim only partial credit that this week’s essay is timely. Actually, the Focus editor called my attention to the abbreviated schedule for the 4th of July holiday. Otherwise, I would, as usual, be out of synch with calendar events. (Some might say I’m out of synch with politically […]

Parents Rally for Non-Renewed Teachers

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com More than 50 parents, students, and teachers braved threats of thunderstorms to attend a rally outside the City County building prior to last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. Most were dressed in red to show support for over 40 non-tenured teachers whose contracts were not renewed for the following school year. […]

Congressman Robert A. “Fats” Everett

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, the late Congressman Robert Ashton “Fats” Everett was one of the more colorful from the political pages of Tennessee’s history.  Everett was by any measure a political professional well before he ever was elected to Congress. Tall and weighing in at over three-hundred pounds, most everyone called […]

A Lot of Familiar Faces in the Class of ‘54

By Ralphine Major It was one of last summer’s highlights! Carol and Perry McGinnis graciously invited me to be their guest at Perry’s 60th Class Reunion for the Gibbs High School Class of 1954.  The couple has appeared in several columns in the ongoing series about his outstanding and successful career as the very first […]

Want to ride a horse or a camel?

By Mike Steely If you’re looking for a place within an easy day’s drive from Knoxville where you can ride a horse or a camel, there are a couple of places in northern Kentucky you might want to visit. The Kentucky Horse Park, just north of Lexington, has horses to ride and trails to follow. […]

The Chalk Board: June 29, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Rally Before BOE meeting on  Wednesday July 1. A KCS Parents has organized a rally to be held on Wednesday June 1 at 3:30 in front of the City County Building. It will last till 5:00 at which time participants are encouraged to attend the BOE meeting to show support for […]

Things are not what they seem

By Rosie Moore There is nothing more picturesque than to see the white snow falling gently to the ground, making bushes, trees, barns, houses and all sorts of statuesque objects look like white figures in the scenery. This will continue for hours then, suddenly, something happens! The electric wires become heavy, the roads become flattened […]

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