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 […]

Legal and Public Notices for April 6, 2015

75 FORECLOSURES NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Pamela K. Taylor executed a Deed of Trust to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., Lender and Larry A. Weissman, Trustee(s), which was dated February 12, 2010 and recorded on February 16, 2010 in Instrument No. 201002160052869, Knox […]

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 […]

Knox Democrats Reorganize

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County Democrats met last week and elected officers and district representatives. The Communication Workers of America’s local office at 1415 Elm Street saw more than 163 delegates from across the county in attendance, along with elected party officials and guests. Cameron Brooks, who was serving as vice chair, was promoted […]

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 […]