Holiday wishes for our readers

Holiday wishes for our readers

By Steve Hunley The time between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays should be cause for reflection. Certainly, both are wonderful occasions where we celebrate with our family and cherished friends. It also ought to be a time where we reflect upon and think about other things as well. For instance, those family members and dear […]

Catching up with Bill Landry

Catching up with Bill Landry

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Like most of you I was introduced to Bill Landry while he was hosting the award-winning The Heartland Series on WBIR-TV. Bill has a folksy way of telling a story and proved to be much more than just a host. He assembled around him a crack production crew of producers […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

By Ray Hill Malcolm Rice Patterson, the “gamecock” of Tennessee politics, had left the governor’s mansion in 1911 as a hugely controversial figure and bitterly hated by many inside his own party. To make matters worse, a combine of “fusionists,” Democrats opposed to Patterson and Republicans, had elected Ben W. Hooper governor in the 1910 […]

Neither Henry, Lorraine nor Wendy could stop Central

PHOTO BY JOHN VALENTINE The Central High football contingent celebrates the school's first state championship in the 50th season of the TSSAA playoffs Dec. 2 at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

Neither Henry, Lorraine nor Wendy could stop Central

By Steve Williams Henry was enough to handle, but Central High’s football team also had to deal with Lorraine and Wendy – Mother Nature’s two daughters – to claim this year’s TSSAA Class 5A state championship. Lorraine drenched Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium and brought in so much lightning and thunder it postponed the title game […]

FBA’s Harris reaches 1000-point plateau

Noah Harris is recognized for scoring 1,000 points in his prep career prior to his Dec. 4 game at First Baptist Academy. Sharing the moment with Noah is Head Coach Kevin Tucker (left), mom Christy Harris, dad Mark Harris and brother Asher Harris (not pictured).

FBA’s Harris reaches 1000-point plateau

  By Steve Williams First Baptist Academy basketball fans recognized a special achievement of a FBA player prior to the Eagles’ home game in Powell Tuesday, Dec. 4. Noah Harris, FBA junior, was honored for having reached the 1,000-point plateau in his prep career in a win over Concord Christian School on Friday, Nov. 30. […]

Annual Open House Welcomes Holiday-Ready Community today

The gilded-age Victorian home at 3425 Kingston Pike, known as Historic Westwood, shines brightly as a museum house 365-days each year.  But during the holidays, its majesty is even more spectacular with the sights and sounds of Christmas adorning its grand rooms both inside and out. The Historic Westwood Holiday Open House, December 9 from […]

“TENNESSEE SEASON TO REMEMBER” HONORS VICTIMS OF HOMICIDE

For the 16th consecutive year, the State of Tennessee is honoring victims of homicide with a special memorial service. Families and friends of homicide victims joined 10 agencies and two victim advocacy groups for this year’s Tennessee Season to Remember.   Twelve-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans provided the music for this year’s event. Karen Bobo, […]

This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Deck the halls & grab a hot chocolate, learn how to make the perfect wreath, explore on a holiday hike, walk through twinkling lights, go caroling, ice skate, explore winter festivals, listen to live holiday tunes or gather with family and friends for Christmas classics on the big screen. Here’s what’s going on across Tennessee […]

North Hills Garden Club to host Holiday Home Tour this Saturday

  What: North Hills Holiday Home Tour                       When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. Where: North Hills Neighborhood, North Hills Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37917 – Purchase tickets and begin tour at: 2441 North Park Blvd.   The North Hills Garden Club is hosting a Holiday Home Tour this […]

Knoxville shines a light for Children’s Hospital December 7-10

~from the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital For more than 80 years, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has cared for millions of sick and injured children all across our region. Each visit to Children’s Hospital is an opportunity for pediatric experts to shine a light on children and families who need specialized care. Seven-year-old Eli has been […]