Forum to be held for 2nd District BoE Applicants

In an email from Commissioner Amy Broyles:   Dear Second District Residents,   This Thursday evening, August 14th, there will be a Public Forum at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of Gresham Middle School to introduce you to the candidates who have submitted resumes for the three month interim appointment to the Board of Education, […]

Letter to the Editor: Spinning the Test Data

  Last Monday there was an editorial in the Knoxville News-Sentinel (8/4/14) regarding Tennessee’s assessments, showing a lack of reality and insight.  While it is true that a multiple choice test cannot tell us all that a student has learned, this has always been the case!  It is only because of the high-stakes games being played with public education that […]

Public and Legal Notices for August 11, 2014

Estate of Cleve Francis Douglas, Jr. Docket Number 75240-2 Notice is hereby given that on the 1st day of August, 2014, letters administration in respect of the Estate of Cleve Francis Douglas, Jr. who died June 5th, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. […]

Knoxville Focus for August 11, 2014

Click here to view this week’s paper. School Board applicants to face Commission By Mike Steely Interviewing applicants for the 2nd District seat on the board of education is on the Knox County Commission’s August 18 workshop agenda. The deadline for submission of resumes was noon Friday, and eight people applied. The applicants are […]

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher At last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting, 8th District BOE member Mike McMillan asked to call for personal privilege to postpone the vote on the 2020 Strategic Plan. After a brief consult with Dr. McIntyre, Chair Lynne Fugate shakily replied, “It may come to no surprise to you that I intend […]

Publisher’s Position: Call 911! Board Calls School Emergency

By Steve Hunley For those who doubted anything published in The Focus about the Knox County Board of Education and Superintendent Jim McIntyre, the meeting last week should have addressed those concerns.  The Board, in its most naked display of power politics since McIntyre forced a vote on the extension of his employment contract, violated […]

The Kees of West Virginia

By Ray Hill One of the lesser-known political dynasties in the country was birthed in the hollows and coal fields of West Virginia.  The Kee family dominated the politics of Bluefield, West Virginia and father, mother, and son represented the Fifth Congressional district for a total of forty years.  John, Elizabeth, and James Kee served […]

Our Neighborhoods: Square dancing not ‘square’ anymore

By Mike Steely   Our Neighborhoods is a weekly feature that focuses on Knox County’s communities — not only physical locations but its various residents and their varied interests. Clubs and organizations in our area suit just about every interest, even square dancing. If you ever experienced square dancing in school or 4-H as […]

Rams will be more run-oriented and physical in 2014

By Steve Williams The goal hasn’t changed for Grace Christian Academy’s football program. The Rams will be trying to capture that elusive state championship in 2014. “Really for us, the only thing we’ve not done is win a state championship, and that’s our goal,” said head coach Randy McKamey, who is coming off a second […]


Dates and times:  SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2014 (Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.;   Sunday 12:00 – 6:00)   The 35th annual Greekfest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike.  Special features include authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes that have […]