Former Titan’s Player Jovan Haye Speaks About Dyslexia

  Jovan Haye played for the National Football League for seven years, including three years with the Tampa Buccaneers and two years with the Tennessee Titans. Only 9 in 10,000 high school senior football players ever play for the NFL.   But first, Haye had to overcome his biggest challenge of all – severe dyslexia. […]

cover charge removed from boomsday

Neyland Drive, traditionally the main viewing area for Boomsday, will be open free to the public for Boomsday 2014. Tickets will be required for the Rodney Atkins concert, which will now take place at 10 p.m. inside Thompson Boling Arena after the fireworks. The change was made to remain in full compliance with state law […]

Tennessee Tomatoes

Those long awaited locally grown “real” tomatoes are here!  The farmers at the Seymour Farmers Market have a large variety of heirloom tomatoes like Mortgage Lifter, Mr Stripey and Cherokee Purple, as well as some of the standard hybrids like Big Boy.  The taste is fabulous and the prices are very reasonable.   This coming […]

TN Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart to speak July 22

8th District Board of Education member Mike McMillan reports that Representative Harry Brooks has invited Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart to speak on the subject of K-12 state requirements for testing and assessments.   The event will be held Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 pm at the Central High School Auditorium. The public […]

SPEAK Members Welcome Award-Winning TSA Students Home

Last week, a bus load of weary but victorious Knox County Technology Student Association (TSA) students and teachers arrived at West Town Mall around midnight. SPEAK (Students, Parents, Educators Across Knox County) teachers Christina Graham (Kindergarten, Copper Ridge Elementary) and Lynn Schneider (retired) prepared goody bags for all 42 TSA students and their teachers returning […]

Celebrating July 4th around the area

By Mike Steely   You probably already know of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth happening this Friday at World’s Fair Park, but there are lots of Independent Day celebrations going on in our area as well.   Gatlinburg kicks off Independence Day early Friday morning with its midnight “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” […]

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 […]