Regal Cinema relocation a done deal

  By Mike Steely Speaking from the rooftop parking area overlooking the office building of the former Baptist Hospital Friday afternoon, Governor Bill Haslam gave an idea of the state’s contribution and support of the move of Regal Cinema’s national headquarters from Halls to the site just across the Henley Street Bridge. The state […]

Senator McKellar’s Homecoming, 1946

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar turned seventy-seven years old in January of 1946.  He had been in Congress since 1911 and in the Senate since 1917.  It was clear McKellar was aging and there had been some thought the old Tennessean would retire.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt had summoned E. H. Crump, leader […]

Staples credited with bringing TSU band to A-E homecoming

By Steve Williams Tennessee State University’s world-renowned Aristocrat of Bands made Austin-East High School’s 2015 homecoming a special one Friday, and Rick Staples made it happen, according to longtime A-E band director Dorothy Brice. “He talked to me back in late August and said, ‘I got a vision and I want to do this,’ and […]

Beware! There’s a haunted bank in Fountain City

By Steve Williams When Kimberly Clapp joined the staff of the Commercial Bank in Fountain City this past summer, the financial institution obtained not only a new teller/CSR (customer service representative) but a fun-loving holiday decorator. For starters, she has turned the stately, two-story building across from Fountain City Park into somewhat of a haunted […]

Bama Fan Principal Goes Orange

  Why is Farragut Intermediate School principal, Reggie Mosley, a long time ardent supporter of the University of Alabama wearing University of Tennessee orange the week of the UT vs Bama game?   “I am honoring a challenge my students issued to me in regards to our recent Knox County Schools coupon book sales,” stated […]


On Sunday, October 25 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Artistic Spectrum and Autism Site Knoxville (ASK) will be hosting Painting Pumpkins in the Park.  This event is free to families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorders of all ages.  Families are asked to BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkins) and a […]

Festivals and Events coming your way

By Mike Steely October and November will see lots of events you can get involved in and seems there’s something for every member of the family. Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville, provided a list of activities to The Focus:   On Saturday, October 24th the Tennessee Theater will host “Costumes & Classic Cartoons Open […]

Middle School Musical Theatre to present The Lion King, Jr.

  Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Middle School Musical Theatre program is proud to present, The Lion King, Jr.   The Junior version of Disney’s Lion King is the only stage version released at the moment, meaning that only accredited middle schools are permitted to license and present this musical.  Disney and Music Theatre International purposely […]

The Chalk Board: October 19, 2015

By Sally Absher FREE “Magic of Chemistry Show” Tuesday October 20 Calling all STEM students! Members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) nationwide will be celebrating National Chemistry Week October 19-24. During this week, ACS members will have the opportunity to present the positive aspects of chemistry, promote science education, and to heighten the public […]

Knoxville celebrates World Dyslexia Day

By Sally Absher Thanks to Julya Johnson of Decoding Dyslexia –TN and Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby, Knoxville was REDEEMING RED again this year! Last Thursday was World Dyslexia Day with a celebration at Volunteer Landing to celebrate the 1 in 5 children who have dyslexia. For the second year in a row, the Henley […]