The Chalk Board for April 4, 2016

By Sally Absher Kindergarten Round-up Tuesday, April 12 Kindergarten Round-up (registration/application) will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at all Knox County Elementary schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents receive important enrollment information about the upcoming school year. Children should be five years old by August 15, 2016, to enter […]

Town Hall Meeting held to Discuss Recent Threats at Farragut High School

By Sally Absher Karen Carson held a town hall meeting for the Fifth District community at Farragut High School Thursday, March 31, 2016 to discuss the recent threats at FHS, the school system’s response and the community’s ability to support a resolution to these concerns. Several dozen Farragut parents, students, teachers and staff attended the […]

Why Cheating Pays Off in the NCAA

By Alex Norman The best event in the NCAA is the men’s basketball tournament.  For three weeks, the nation is captivated by the established powers and the underdogs, all put in the same 68 team bubble, until one squad reigns supreme. Even with the academic sham that is the “one and done” era, this event […]

Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

By Ralphine Major You may be one of the Focus readers who has been privileged to hear them sing in one of the more than 175 churches or assisted living facilities over the years.  I have always known them as “The TOTS,” an acronym for “The Old Time Singers,”— though they have playfully said it […]

John Nance Garner as Vice President

John Nance Garner as Vice President

By Ray Hill Few men have been as colorful as John Nance Garner of Texas. Garner spent thirty-eight years in Washington, D. C., and the last eight as vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, Garner shunned the limelight, preferring to make his considerable presence felt in the corridors of power and hidden offices of […]

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

By Mikes Steely Knoxville is celebrating 225 years this year and you probably don’t realize that the city and its county have some 111 places on the National Register of Historic Sites. That includes not only historic homes and buildings but also landmarks. You probably know our “main” sites on the national registry but […]

Are you sleepless in Knoxville?

By Rosie Moore William Shakespeare, that renowned author from long ago, once wrote in his play, Macbeth, “Sleep….knits up the raveled sleeve of care….sore labor’s bath, balm of hurt minds…chief nourisher in life’s feast.” That sentence sums it up for me. One of my favorite movies is “Sleepless in Seattle.” The main character, played by […]

Bittersweet Car Memories

By Joe Rector The dog woke me up before I was ready on Saturday morning. After taking her to do her business and making a pot of coffee, I sat down at the computer to check my email and Facebook for news and other things. Chuck Mier, a boyhood friend who lived across the street […]

March Magic: Why the NCAA Tournament Rules

By Alex Norman We all know that college athletics can be a cesspool. Shady recruiting, entitled players, fake classes, unfair transfer rules, blowhard coaches, the scam that is season tickets/donations… and we could spend weeks talking about how coaches and administrators make millions while the student-athletes are turned into largely unpaid labor. But through it […]

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