Gold Star Memorial Kicks Off UT Athletics’ ‘Salute to Service’ Weekend today

Tennessee Athletics’ “Salute to Service” weekend begins this Friday as the Volunteers will recognize active members of the military and veterans through Sunday. The weekend kicks off with the National Gold Star Memorial. Titled, “Remembering Our Fallen,” the memorial features 31 towers with more than 5,000 photos and will be on display at the UT […]

UT McClung Museum to Host Veterans Day Bus Tour

The public is invited to join the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for a special Veterans Day themed bus tour entitled History in Brass and Stone: Remembering Knoxville’s Military Heritage on Sunday, November 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The bus tour will be led by McClung […]

Fountain City Town Hall to meet November 12

~ from Kelly Ellenburg, Chair, Fountain City Town Hall, Inc. Happy Fall Season, Fountain City Town Hall Members! We hope you will join us for our quarterly Town Hall Membership Meeting on November 12th at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4014 Garden Drive 4014 Garden Drive, 37918. Please […]

Forum Series Launched on Growing Overlap of Homelessness, Unaffordable Housing

In the wake of the City’s recent clearing out of a homeless enclave, alongside the tightening availability of affordable housing nationwide, a local nonprofit is leveraging growing community concerns about these issues into informed action by hosting a series of public forums. The second of five town hall meetings – Quiet Conversations about Affordable Housing […]

Knox County Hunters Can Feed Hungry, Win Muzzleloader by Donating Deer

Hunters for the Hungry connects generous hunters in Knox County with Tennesseans in need   Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is in full swing for the 2018 deer season. More than 80 processors throughout the state are now accepting donations of whole deer to help feed local families in need.   In […]

Interfaith Climate Vigil to be held November 18

Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light (TIPL), a statewide network of faith communities, announces an Interfaith Climate Vigil in Farragut 4 p.m., Sunday, November 18. The hour event will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sugarwood Dr. in Farragut. People of faith are encouraged to attend to witness their sense of moral obligation to […]

What Does Tennessee Law Say About Nudist Colonies?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan I know the question that has been burning in your mind.  It’s like an itch that you have needed scratched for a long time.  Well I am here to answer your question and scratch that itch.  What is the question that has been gnawing in your mind and keeping you up […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson By the time you read this essay I will be in Portland, Oregon to see my new granddaughter, and, of course, her now big sister, Cleo. It’s hard to be contemporaneous when an essay has to be written the week before it runs in The Focus. However, I’m not complaining because […]

From 12 playoff qualifiers in 1969 to 231 this year

Editor’s Note: When the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association started its football classification system in the fall of 1969, The Knoxville Focus’ Steve Williams was a senior at Clinton High School and covering the Clinton Dragons for his hometown newspaper, The Clinton Courier-News. This is his first of a series of columns on the first […]

Beloved Country Doctor, Part 3

By Ralphine Major “When he was at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), he was able to run track.  He ran so fast, he was nicknamed Phantom,” Rada said.  She was referring to her father, the late Dr. A. D. Simmons, who would eventually become the only medical doctor in the Corryton Community. “He worked every day […]