Sons Summit II registration open

What: Sons Summit II   When: 1-6 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017   Where: Pellissippi State Community College, Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.   Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero; City of Knoxville staff; boys and young men of color between the ages of 14 and 24; keynote speaker Chris Blue, winner of “The Voice,” Season […]

Phillip Fulmer Named Special Advisor to UT President for Community, Athletics and University Relations

Phillip Fulmer Named Special Advisor to UT President for Community, Athletics and University Relations

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Tuesday the hiring of Phillip Fulmer as special advisor to the president for community, athletics and university relations. In this role, Fulmer will serve as an ambassador for the University system at community and athletics events, support the intercollegiate athletic programs at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, and […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Christmas has come to the Ferguson home in June. We’ve begun to move into our new house, but we’re still living out of boxes, and each one we open is like a surprise on Christmas morning. I’m still looking for the box that contains my underwear. The one labeled “Jim’s clothing” […]

The Mysteries of Tellico Plains

By Mike Steely What may be the oldest settlement in our region is only an hour or so away. The village of Tellico Plains is, indeed, a gateway to the lower Smoky Mountains. The little town is just south of Madisonville and  is an historic site that is the entry to the Cherohala Skyway. That […]

I know him

By Joe Rector Randy Boyd is running for governor in Tennessee. Over the past few weeks, Randy has traveled from one end of the state to the other. He seems to be intent on making contact with as many folks as possible so that they remember his name for election day. I know Randy in […]

From Chattanooga to Knoxville

By Ralphine Major He walked along the railroad tracks from Chattanooga to Knoxville to find work, stopping at homes along the way to eat and rest.  It was around the 1920s.  As a young man, he had worked in the mines.  The long walk up the tracks led him to a night watchman job at […]

Interesting names for towns

By Rosie Moore When I was young we moved many times because the rent was always going up. We lived in towns with picturesque  names like Paradise, New Holland and Lititiz. But we also lived in towns that had names that sounded questionable–to say the least, such as Intercourse, Bird-In-Hand and Blue Ball. Where did […]

Smashville Falls Two Wins Short

By Alex Norman There is no pain like the pain of a sports fan seeing their team fall just short of a championship. It makes no sense of course… why should we care so much about people we likely will never meet putting a basketball into an iron hoop or carrying a football over a […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 19, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for June 19, 2017

Sidewalks, LEDs, security on council agenda   By Mike Steely The Knoxville City Council meets Tuesday evening in regular session and should take up a number of subjects including sidewalk funding for the South Castle Street Project. The agreement would be with Vaught & Milton Consulting Engineers for $87,628. The council may also approve […]