Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Just off Emory Road in Corryton stands a grand country church and, just behind that house of worship, is a small log structure that might be the oldest Baptist church in Knox County. Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, at 9132 West Emory road, is an active community church with Rev. Jerry […]

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

By Ken Lay Knox County has a new wrestling program. First Baptist Academy-Powell began competing in the sport this season and the Eagles are a Freshman/JV Team but Coach Josh Neely has some lofty expectations for the program’s future. The program may be new but the coach is no stranger to high school athletics and […]

Local Puppeteers Win Global Art Grant for Knoxville’s First Giant Puppet Parade 

Cattywampus Puppet Council  has been awarded a prestigious Burning Man Global Art Grant to help produce the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the 2017 Dogwood Arts Festival. The Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 29th, and preparations are already underway.   The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. […]

Historic East Knoxville/Park City/Burlington Neighborhoods meeting

Knox Heritage has invited interested residents and business owners to attend the second Historic East Knoxville/Park City/Burlington Neighborhoods meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the Burlington Branch Library, 4617 Asheville Highway. “As the historic preservation education and advocacy organization for our area,” the organization said in a statement, “Knox Heritage would like to […]

Alexander: Betsy DeVos is On Our Children’s Side

Alexander: Betsy DeVos is On Our Children’s Side

Would her critics be happier if she had spent her time and money trying to deny children from low-income families the choices of schools that wealthy families have instead of trying to help them?—Lamar Alexander At Tuesday’s Senate education committee hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Chairman […]

Looking for Employment? FEMA is Hiring

Tennessee residents looking for temporary work following the wildfires in Sevier County have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the recovery process. Workforce Tennessee, in conjunction with FEMA, is advertising open temporary positions in Sevier County.   Interested applicants can visit the Workforce Tennessee website at jobs4TN.gov. To find the available jobs, fill in the […]

On Inauguration Day, Beacon Files Medicaid Block Grant Resolution

As President Trump is being sworn in, the Beacon Center has partnered with legislators asking the Trump administration and Congress to authorize Medicaid block grants for Tennessee, which will allow the state to spend our Medicaid dollars more effectively and efficiently. Cameron Sexton will join the Beacon Center and Sen. Mark Green in sponsoring the […]