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Super Subs: Mike Graves

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Another member of the 1964-65 Gibbs basketball team that played a big part in the success of the team is Mike Graves.  Focus readers may remember…

A welcome end to elections

By Joe Rector By the time this column is printed, the primaries will be finished. I say, “Thank you, Lord!” Like most people, I’m tired of the endless television commercials, recorded…

A Day in Monroe County

By Mike Steely Monroe County is known for many things. There’s Estes Kefauver’s home and grave, Fort Loudoun, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tellico Blockhouse, Lake Tellico and Hiwassee College.  There’s also…

Carter High quarterback values academics as well as football

By Steve Williams Knoxville already is represented by one quarterback in the Ivy League and may have another one playing in the prestigious conference in the near future. Carter High…

Focus on the Law: Euthanasia of Pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law We Americans love our pets.   The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are more than 160 million dogs and cats in…

Artificially Inflated Graduation Rates Hide Lack of Readiness for College, Career

By Sally Absher Jani Norman, a retired classroom teacher of 28 years, spoke during last Monday’s BOE Public Forum on the Five Year Strategic Plan and how Knox County Schools…

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com 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…

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

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…

The Kees of West Virginia

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…

Sewing Desk

By Joe Rector My work desk is an antique sewing desk. Its top is more than five feet long with a cut-out section to place a sewing machine. Both sides…