More Reflections of Memphis

By Ralphine Major Many events that occurred when my generation was growing up have now become part of history. I remember both the Kennedy and King assassinations during the sixties. As Corryton native Perry McGinnis continued his journey in the field of dentistry, the McGinnis family of four found themselves in Memphis, Tennessee, during a […]

The Inward Eye

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We have finally moved into our new downsized home built on the back of our small farm property. We call our new home, New House, as opposed to the Big House where we lived for thirty-seven years and raised our girls. Our daughters are now grown and have families of their […]

Moments to ponder

By Rosie Moore In my little book, “My Daily Psalms and Prayers,” that I scan each day, are these words, that seem so apt for me: “Almighty Father, in a world where everything seems to be changing by the minute, the word, “steadfast” is like a neon sign, indicating a place of refuge. And that […]

Stanford dominates national rankings for women

Stanford dominates national rankings for women

  Editor’s note: Knoxville Focus sportswriter Steve Williams originated the National Collegiate All-Sports Rankings for men in 1971 and added the women’s rankings in 1985. Both were recognized as measuring sticks for the nation’s best overall athletics programs for years.   By Steve Williams Stanford was a runaway winner if there ever was one in […]

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city lost an icon, a leader and beloved senior citizen July 22 when Fountain City’s Alvin Glenn Frye passed away at 93. Alvin Frye was a Navy veteran of both WWI and the Korean War. He was an active member of the Fountain City Lions Club, Knoxville Rotary Club and […]

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The efforts of two teachers and their students led to recognizing a Knoxville hero recently with the dedication of the Mary Francis (Frankie) Housley Bridge just below Gresham Middle School in Fountain City. The Holbrook Drive bridge was named in honor of the Central High School graduate who became an airline […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee Congressman Ewin L. Davis, a veteran of fourteen years, had lost his seat to freshman legislator J. Ridley Mitchell in the 1932 Democratic primary.  Mitchell’s district had been dismembered by the Tennessee General Assembly causing Mitchell to move from Crossville to Cookeville.  Mitchell, remaining the underdog for most of the campaign, […]

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

By Ken Lay Jonathan Smith and Tom Poisal made their first public appearances as Halls High School basketball coaches recently. Both were introduced to fans, players, parents and to the community on Monday, July 24 at a meet and greet at the school. Both replace Randy Moore, who coached both the Red Devils and Lady […]