First two battles between Sooners and Volunteers were classics

By Steve Williams Although it’s been nearly a half of a century since the two have collided, Oklahoma and Tennessee do share a brief but exciting history in football. The Sooners and Volunteers will pick up where they left off this Saturday night in Norman. Tennessee’s first-ever major bowl game was against Oklahoma in the […]

Super Subs IV: Mike Graves

By Ralphine Major Mike Graves, who played on Robert Dagley’s ‘64-65 Gibbs basketball team, graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a degree in Education.  He has worked at Performance Food Group for the last 20 years.  His wife, Karen, worked in retail at J. C. Penney as a Furniture Specialist, as a merchandiser for Playtex, […]

Canning and freezing

By Joe Rector Amy and I moved into our house in December 1978. This year, for the first time, I put out tomato plants. The funny thing is I’m not that much in love with them, but in the summer the produce does taste good. I’ve babied the plants and staked them and then tied […]

New BOE takes up Policies, Fees, Taxes, and the Emergency Vote

By Sally Absher The Knox County School Board of Education had two back to back meetings last week, with the Sept. 2 Work Session meeting followed by the Sept. 3 Regular monthly meeting. Two new board members and two returning board members were sworn in by Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin in a ceremony immediately […]

Change Is Coming

By Steve Hunley By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Board of Education, as expected, deadlocked while attempting to elect a new Chair. Incumbent Chairwoman Lynne Fugate announced she would not be a candidate for reelection as she had recently come to the conclusion she had become a divisive figure. The allies of superintendent […]

Public forum speaker finds problems with 2020 Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher One of the features of BOE meetings is public forum – when any citizen can come and speak for up to 5 minutes about issues that concern them. Every once in a while, a speaker is so articulate, so concise, and so timely, that everyone in the audience is speechless. Such was […]

BOE Votes to Suspend Rules, Delays Reorganization Vote

By Sally Absher At the end of last Wednesday’s Regular Meeting, the BOE took up the reorganization of the Board.  Eight of nine members were present. (Member-elect Patti Lou Bounds is on an extended trip overseas, and does not return until September 8). John Fugate nominated Mike McMillan, Amber Rountree seconded. Karen Carson nominated Lynne […]

Publisher’s Position: Populists Versus Elitists

By Steve Hunley I can’t help myself, but I have been thoroughly amused by the uproar about the “side” agreement between the superintendent of schools and the Knox County Board of Education. The Focus was writing about this two and a half years ago. Mike McMillan was the only member of the Board who protested […]

New BOE takes up Policies, Fees, Taxes and Emergency Vote

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com The Knox County School Board of Education had two back to back meetings last week, with the Sept. 2 Work Session meeting followed by the Sept. 3 Regular monthly meeting. Two new board members and two returning board members were sworn in by Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin in a ceremony […]

The Triumph and Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson I

By Ray Hill Woodrow Wilson was the first Democrat to be reelected to a second consecutive term since Andrew Jackson.  He had campaigned on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War” in 1916 and the President faced a serious opponent in the person of Charles Evans Hughes.  Hughes is the only person in American […]