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77% Not Prepared For College or Career

77%  Not Prepared For College or Career

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com For 2014, the Tennessee State Report Card indicates that the high school graduation rate in Knox County was 88.7%.  But 11.3% of students who entered ninth…

Sergeant York: The Movie of the Famed Tennessean’s Life

Sergeant York: The Movie of the Famed Tennessean’s Life

By Ray Hill Sergeant Alvin York was already quite famous when Warner Brother’s studio released a movie based on his life in 1941.  The film would go on to become…

Officers Help Community with Christmas

Officers Help Community with Christmas

By David Klein Area officers came together Thursday night for a good cause. Thursday evening at the Walmart by Knoxville Center, several Knoxville Police Department officers, Knox County Sheriff’s Officers,…

Unbeaten Bulldogs earn holiday break with win over Austin-East

Unbeaten Bulldogs earn holiday break with win over Austin-East

By Ken Lay Bearden High School boys basketball coach Mark Blevins knows how to motivate his team by appealing to his players’ desires. “If it were up to me, I…

Legal and Public Notices for December 15, 2014

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Freda G. White Docket Number 75679-3 Notice is hereby given that on the 26th day of November, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate…

Knoxville Focus for December 15, 2014

Knoxville Focus for December 15, 2014

Police Review Meeting Draws A Crowd By Focus Staff The Police Advisory and Review Committee, the city mayor and the city police department were praised and criticized last Monday evening…

Voting Rights Act of 1964 remembered

Voting Rights Act of 1964 remembered

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com An event Thursday evening at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center topped off 2014’s Knoxville’s Civil Rights series that began last February. 2014 marks 50 years since…

Robert LaFollette, Jr. of Wisconsin

Robert LaFollette, Jr. of Wisconsin

By Ray Hill Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr. came into this world with just about every advantage one could hope for; yet, he suffered from depression and eventually ended his own…

Bearden opens new soccer locker room

Bearden opens new soccer locker room

By Ken Lay Bearden High School soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe saw his dream come true Tuesday night at Bruce Allender Field. “I always set my goals high,” Radcliffe said before…

Knoxville recalls the Civil War: ‘The beginning and the end’

Knoxville recalls the Civil War: ‘The beginning and the end’

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Tennessee historian and co-chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Dr. Carroll Van West, could not have said it better: “This is a great day,…