Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

By Ray Hill Samuel Watkins Overton, Jr. came from one of Tennessee’s most prominent families; Overton was the great-great grandson of Judge John Overton, a contemporary of General Andrew Jackson and the founder of Memphis. Overton joined the law firm founded by Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1922. An aristocrat by Tennessee standards, Watkins Overton […]

Wright: Fulton looks ‘tougher’ in semifinal win

Wright: Fulton looks ‘tougher’ in semifinal win

By Steve Williams Fulton was wide awake for a 10 o’clock tipoff in the Class AA semifinals Friday morning in Murfreesboro and built a 13-point lead in the first half of its 66-55 win over East Nashville Magnet School in the TSSAA state basketball tournament. “I liked what I saw in the first half,” said […]

Attorney Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. passes away

Attorney Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. passes away

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Our region has lost one of its leaders with the passing of Arthur Seymour, Jr., well-known attorney and community leader. Seymour passed away after a battle with cancer at age 74 on March 11. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Gentry Griffey […]

National Quartet Convention coming to Sevierville

The National Quartet Convention will be producing its third annual Spring festival in Sevierville at the beginning of April called “NQC Spring Break.”  Produced by NQC, Gospel music’s largest annual event drawing nearly 40,000 from 40 states and half dozen foreign countries to its annual fall festival at the end of September, NQC Spring Break […]

Enrollment deadline approaching soon for Emerald Academy

The deadline is soon approaching to submit an Emerald Academy enrollment application for the upcoming school year.   For families interested in sending their child to Knoxville’s first and only public charter school, applications must be submitted online at www.emeraldacademy.org by 5 p.m. on March 23.   Any Knox County resident with a rising kindergarten […]

Dr. Kelsey Ellis to Discuss Human Impact on Natural Disasters

Public Invited to Library’s Books Sandwiched In Lunch and Learn Program on March 27   Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Kelsey Ellis for a discussion of The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters by Robert Muir-Wood, at noon on Wednesday, March 27 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium (601 South Gay […]

City crews resume brush collection

As part of Spring cleanup and beautification, City crews started bi-weekly brush pickup on Monday, March 11, 2019. Each year, City crews put brush collection on pause for leaf pickup season, which takes place from November through February. This past leaf season, crews collected approximately 6,275 tons of leaves. “Leaves may seem light when you’re […]

Families, runners, walkers, volunteers invited to East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Knox Shamrock Fest, Lucky Kidney Run

Registration now open for 6K run and 6K/2K walk The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) invites families, runners and volunteers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support local dialysis patients by participating in its Knox Shamrock FestTM March 15-16 in downtown Knoxville. The event includes a two-day Irish festival on Market Square and the 8th […]

Downtown streets close temporarily for St. Patrick’s weekend events

Knoxville residents have multiple opportunities to get in touch with their Irish roots this weekend as downtown hosts two festivals, two road runs and a parade.   Festival-related no-parking zones go into effect at 1 p.m. Friday and continue through 10 p.m. Saturday on Market Street between Union and Clinch avenues and Union Avenue between […]

Loudon County Veterans Resources and Job Fair Program this Saturday

Veterans Helping Veterans   The Tellico Village VFW Post 12135 asked the Loudon VFW Post 5150 and the three Loudon county American Legion Posts (70, 120, and 256) to join them in hosting a stand down. Along with several city, county, and state agencies the Loudon County Veterans Resources and Job Fair Program name was […]