The Buzz from Buzz: July Edition

By Sally Absher   A few weeks ago, The Focus had an opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas. We talked about the new school year, administrative appointments, and some announced and rumored changes in Central Office staff. Thomas plans to continue the tradition of visiting schools across the district […]

The Chalk Board for August 1, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s School Time in Tennessee! A hearty “Welcome back” to all of Knox County’s wonderful teachers and school administrators as you return to school this week! We wish you the very best for the 2016-2017 school year! Check The Focus often for news and updates you may not find in the other […]

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

By Ralphine Major I looked at the leafy, green lily bush now wilted by summer’s stifling heat.  I see leaves that have already fallen from trees and try to decide, is it still summer—or early fall?  July brought a flurry of “Christmas in July” events including special promotions and sales, a line-up of favorite Christmas […]

School Bells Ringing in the Distance!

By Ralphine Major The days of summer vacation are dwindling, and the start of school is almost here!  It is fun to think back to our school days when a day was set aside to go to town.  That would be downtown Knoxville.  There were no malls in the sixties.  When we did not drive […]

It takes only one event

By Joe Rector You’re where you are in life through a series of events. I suppose the fact that for every action there is a consequence comes into play. At this point, I’m pretty sure that one major event in my life dictated what paths I’ve taken. The most serious event that changed my life […]

How to maximize your car accident settlement

By Jedidiah McKeehan Regardless of the extent of your injuries, a car accident can be very stressful. Dealing with a damaged vehicle and repairs is much easier than dealing with physical injuries and emotional issues. Remembering these five things can help to make your accident much less traumatic: 1) Keep a record of all […]

A Beach Wedding

By Rosie Moore Panama City, Florida is the closest developed port in the US mainland to the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. It was first named Harrison. A developer named George Mortimer West hoped to spur real estate development in Bay County during a period of intense interest in the construction of the Panama […]

Claiming Peace

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A friend recently said she was disengaging from social media because of the political battles that rage there like everywhere else in these troubled times. I too have debated “tuning out” and proverbially running away to a monastery as people have done throughout history. Maybe I should claim a “safe zone” […]

The Money-Bullies Are After Martin Daniel

The Money-Bullies Are After Martin Daniel

By Steve Hunley Knoxville has a particular wealthy elite political class that has appeared with alarming frequency during the last several election cycles.  The Haslam family and its faithful retainers have recently had a habit of contributing money for their favorite candidates.  One such candidate was Board of Education member Tracie Sanger who received about […]

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