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Hoping for Change

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I have to admit that I missed the Vols’ recent come from behind victory over South Carolina.  Becky and I tried to hang in, but when…

Roll Around Heaven All Day

By Joe Rector Last Sunday, our church celebrated All Saints Day. It’s a time to remember those who have passed over the last year. The minister did a good job…

Peyton

It is a very important act of honor and respect.  I have seen it shown countless times in the news.  Usually, it is the United States President placing a wreath…

BOE Ends SAT-10 Test for K-2

By Sally Absher In a special call meeting during the BOE work session last week, The Board of Education voted to discontinue the highly controversial K-2 standardized assessment, also known…

Focus on the Law: More on Adoption in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Adoption is covered by Chapter 1 of Title 36 of the Tennessee Code Annotated as well as by multiple court decisions interpreting the same. …

Another School System Scandal

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Wednesday during the regular KCS BOE meeting, Amber Rountree initiated a request for an external forensic audit of the Knox County Schools credit cards. Rountree…

Gifts Differing

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Philosophically, I am a 20th century man who finds himself transported into the 21st century.  Mark Twain once wrote a book about time travel and a…

Happy 90th Birthday, Maxine!

By Ralphine Major “I was a coal miner’s daughter,” she told me, “like Loretta Lynn.”  But this coal miner’s daughter is from Tennessee.  Maxine Washington celebrated her 90th birthday on…

Football Leads to Madness Once Again in Knoxville

By Alex Norman And it has begun… I was listening to local sports talk radio the other day and heard a caller say that if Vols head coach Butch Jones…

The Axe Man and Jewel Tea

By Joe Rector Weekends at our house in the 1960’s took on a routine that included work, play, and family. Back then, our parents managed life on a small income…