Sunburn

By Joe Rector My grandson Madden came to Knoxville during the Memorial Day weekend. He pulled off his shirt on Friday evening, and his shoulders and arms were fiery. It was the boy’s first ever taste of sunburn. His parents have been good at slathering him up with sun screen, but this time, Madden and […]

Corryton’s 8-Mile Race

By Ralphine Major It is home to the world-renowned Oakes Daylilies.  It has a post office, library, community center and fire station.  Several churches can be found within its boundaries, as well as Corryton Elementary School.  The rural place is tucked away in Knox County’s northeast section.  On Saturday, June 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m., […]

The Problems with Youth Sports

By Alex Norman Let me start this article by saying that there are a lot of great things about youth sports. It gives kids an opportunity to get some exercise.  It teaches them to work with others.  And playing sports is all sorts of fun. The only thing wrong with youth sports is what adults […]

Playing the big boys helps GCA join Knoxville’s title gang

By Steve Williams The season before Mitch Turner got the head baseball coach’s position at Grace Christian Academy, he made a key observation at the TSSAA Class A state tournament as the Rams’ assistant. “I noticed two years ago we were a little shell shocked when we got there,” said Turner. “The stage was just […]

In God We Trust

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   “Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic expression of Americanism. Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor American way of life.”    Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1955 America has changed dramatically since President Eisenhower penned those words. I was four years old in 1955, […]

Remembering Memorial Day

By Rosie Moore In 1915 a poem written by Moina Michael commemorates the day that everyone remembers as Memorial Day.   We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.   The poem refers to the thousands who died […]

Knoxville Focus for June 1, 2015

  Corryton honors veterans By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were numerous ceremonies held over the Memorial Day weekend but few had the feeling of a community drawing together to honor their local veterans as did the event last Monday afternoon at Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Corryton. Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, who is […]

New soccer fan club adds to atmosphere for Force

By Ken Lay The Knoxville Force and Lady Force soccer teams recently opened their 2015 seasons at a new home with a new fan club — The Scruffy City Syndicate. Knoxville’s two semi-pro soccer teams moved to the new Emerald Youth Sansom Family Sports Complex, which recently opened on Dale Ave. The Emerald Youth Foundation […]

Sixty-day delay too late to save Christenberry House

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com On the same day that the Knoxville City Council passed a 60-day waiting period on the demolition of historic homes, the Christenberry House on Kingston Pike was demolished. Just hours before the 7 p.m. council meeting wrecking crews destroyed the historic home. Kim Trent, Executive Director of Knox Heritage, spoke to […]