Duncan re-kindles his passion for hoops in summer

By Ken Lay The Pilot Rocky Top Basketball League provides Zane Duncan the chance to pursue one of his many athletic passions for three weeks during the summer. “Basketball is in my blood and this is a way for me to stay involved in the game,” said Duncan, who is a fifth-year coach in Knoxville’s […]

Mershon was a talented Lady Eagle at Berean and Gibbs

  By Steve Williams Berean Christian School’s Anna Mershon, taking advantage of the TSSAA’s co-op program, experienced a state softball championship as a sophomore two years ago and almost got to enjoy another one this past spring. Since Berean Christian does not have a softball program, Mershon played four years for Gibbs High School. Anna […]

Second District BOE Seat on November Ballot?

In a press release dated June 24, KCS announced that Indya Kincannon, second district school board member, will step down from the Knox County board of Education after the August 6 BOE meeting in order to accompany her family to Slovenia, where her husband was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Kincannon has served […]

Alexander Statement on the Passing of Howard Baker, Jr.

WASHINGTON, June 26—U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, Jr., of Tennessee:   “Howard Baker was Tennessee’s favorite son, one of America’s finest leaders and for Honey and me an indispensable friend. He built our state’s two-party political system and inspired three […]

Exclusive! World's Top Electronic Privacy Experts Speak With Knox Focus About SCOTUS Ruling

In a groundbreaking decision on cell phone privacy, the court set powerful limits for police searches of cell phones, ruling in two consolidated cases that law enforcement must get a warrant before accessing the data on an arrested person’s cell phone.  The Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that police must obtain a warrant before searching […]


 The City of Knoxville’s Festival on the 4th will be celebrating its third decade next week, while another younger tradition – the third annual Patriotic Bike Parade on Market Square – sets the mood, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26.   Participants will begin lining up for the parade at 6:15 p.m. on Union […]


After a long weekend on the road with four games in three cities, the Force and Lady Force will return to Knoxville to play their last doubleheader of the season together Friday, June 27. As usual, the women’s match will kick off at 5 p.m. and the men will follow at 7:30 p.m. at Regal […]


Former University of Tennessee basketball player Bobby Maze will host the 2nd Annual BMaze Celebrity Basketball Game on June 28, 2014, at the Knoxville Convention Center.   Tip-Off is at 6:00 p.m. A special fanfare will open at 3:00 p.m. and will feature interactive games and exhibits from vendors.   Proceeds will benefit The Pat […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a beach person like the Johnson side of my family.  I identify more with the Psalmist who said, “I look unto the mountains, from whence cometh my strength.”  Yet, I find myself at the beach again this year with our extended family and count my blessings.  Though I might […]

RACE TO THE TOP. Part 1: Common Core

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com Until this year, most people had never heard of “Common Core.” Touted as uniform, higher academic standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and math across all the states, who could be opposed? Yet Common Core State Standards have recently been at the center of controversy not only in Tennessee, but across the […]