Celebrating Life the Wright Way

By Ralphine Major Walking up the sidewalk to the back door of the house was like stepping into the pages of a farm life magazine.  It was a walk our father had made many times.  So often, he gave the same answer when mother asked where he had been.  “Bill and Georgia’s,” he would say […]

Rick Barnes Takes Over on Rocky Top

By Alex Norman For once, Tennessee gets a break. After recent coaching changes that had the worst possible timing (Lane Kiffin leaves in football, Cuonzo Martin bolts in men’s basketball), the Volunteers wasted little time after firing men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall in hiring former Texas coach Rick Barnes. “I just want you to know […]

Barnes gets opportunity to keep winning at Tennessee

By Steve Williams New Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes and former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer have something in common. Both won a lot, but not enough to please their bosses in the twilight of distinguished careers. And when their respective athletic directors said it was time to step down after 17 seasons, each walked […]

Tyranny of the Minority

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I think we too often take life for granted. The poet Walt Whitman once wrote, “The world is too much with us.” I believe he was saying that we are so busy that we overlook the beauty around us. And I believe too many ignore the Creator and take liberty for […]

Knoxville Focus for April 6, 2015

Board Discusses FY 2015-2016 Budget By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education spent the bulk of last week’s work session discussing Dr. McIntyre’s revised draft General Fund Budget for the 2015-2016 school year. McIntyre explained that since presenting his initial budget last month, “we have been able to make some progress on a couple […]

How we got there

By Steve Hunley Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre has praise heaped upon him by some of the local news media as well as the usual “good government” types for what he boasts are some of his many accomplishments, like his “Leadership Academy.” Boiled down to its essence, the Leadership Academy is by all means McIntyre’s […]

AutisMatters to Knoxville

By Sally Absher April is Autism Awareness Month. The Knoxville community is invited to learn more about autism and share in the real-life experiences through the eyes of local autism families. April Roga is hosting “AutisMatters to Knoxville” where she is expecting a packed house in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. The event will be […]

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part 2

By Ray Hill With his reform package having passed the state legislature and having eliminated Kentucky’s budget deficit, Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler was highly popular in his home state. Elected governor in 1935, Happy was beginning to think of bigger things for himself.  Kentucky’s junior United States senator was Marvel M. Logan.  Senator Logan had […]

TN Commissioner of Education Visits Knoxville

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Dr. Candice McQueen, who was sworn in as Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education in January, was in Knoxville last week. She visited Pond Gap and South Knoxville Elementary, two of Knoxville’s Community Schools before addressing a group of educators, community leaders, and school administrators at the Downtown Marriott. […]

Why you need a Living Will

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Many of us remember the case of Terri Schiavo, a 26-year-old married woman living in Florida who collapsed on Feb. 25, 1990.  She had lost consciousness for an unknown reason and spent the final 15 years of her life in a persistent vegetative state.  Doctors determined that she was […]

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