That Ghastly Potato Famine

By Rosie Moore The potato famine in Ireland lasted from 1845-1852. In the 1800’s Ireland was an agricultural nation populated by eight million persons who were among the poorest people in the Western world. Only about a quarter of the population could read or write. Life  expectancy was short, forty years for the men. The potato […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Aches and pains are a fact of life as you get older.  I don’t remember a lot of painful conditions as a kid, even with injuries.  My brothers and I often went barefoot in those halcyon days of summer, and I remember a “stone bruise” of my heel that once hobbled […]

Tate’s School Students Celebrate Music, Global Diversity

By Sally Absher March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month, the time of the year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Last Tuesday evening, over 165 preschool and elementary Tate’s School students performed an international music […]

Public Notices for March 16, 2015

75 FORECLOSURES SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on April 27, 2015 on or about 11:00AM local time, at the North door, Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by TIMOTHY E GARDNER AND HEATHER L […]

Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African Queen,” and at the end I watched the credits and saw that Knoxville’s James Agee wrote the screenplay. I thought, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” […]

Knoxville Focus for March 16, 2015

    Broadway, I-640 plans detailed By Mike Steely The Tennessee Department of Transportation has big plans to rework an area of Broadway north of I-640 over the next couple of years and most Fountain City residents seem pleased. Most, but not all. The homeowners along Greenway Drive and those streets between Greenway and […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

At Symmetry, nothing changes but the name

By Mike Steely Nothing has changed but the name at one of North Knoxville’s most popular salons. Owner  Erin Goode says that the salon at 3501 Tazewell Pike, formerly known as Salon Mira Mira, is now the Symmetry Salon. “We still have the same wonderful staff and are a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. We […]

Bulldogs walk their way to victory over Sequoyah

By Ken Lay Bearden High School’s baseball team got off to a fast start Thursday night but had to nab a walk-off victory against Sequoyah. The Bulldogs, who scored six runs in the first two-innings, notched an early-season 10-9 victory over the Chiefs when Brock Vaughn drew a one-out bases-loaded walk that plated Bryson Ford […]