Ruby is 100!

By Rosie Moore Our “gem” Ruby Miller of the S & S Bowling Lanes in Fountain City turned 100 years old on January 30. A remarkable day to remember both then and now. I asked her how did she like being 100 and she said wonderful! She has a slight hearing problem but her mind […]

Oh Atlanta… I’m so sorry…

By Alex Norman “Welcome to Atlanta where the players play… And we ride on dem thangs like every day… Big beats, hit streets, see gangsters roamin… And parties dont stop ‘til eight in the mo’nin” The modern day poet Jermaine Dupri wrote that verse in his 2002 hit single “Welcome to Atlanta.” That little ditty […]

Dobbs made a passing grade in every way

By Steve Williams If you haven’t read Joshua Dobbs’ “Goodbye, Tennessee” on The Players’ Tribune yet, be sure you do. It tells you a lot about Dobbs the person as much as Dobbs the quarterback, and also how much he thinks of the University of Tennessee and its football program as well as its fans. […]

Do They Really Have to Give You a Traffic Citation?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you are in downtown Knoxville, you just need to do one errand, and it will only take a second, and you cannot find anywhere to park!  Surely it will be okay if you park in front of a fire hydrant for three minutes.  You will put your flashers on and you […]

Winter Doldrums

By Dr. Jim Ferguson C.S. Lewis begins his wondrous little book, “The Great Divorce,” by describing a “long mean street” shrouded in semi-darkness and drizzling rain. I feel much the same about cold and dreary February, whose only redeeming aspect is its shortness. I don’t like winter and after the Holidays, and perhaps a snow […]

Celebrate winter with a KMA Family Fun Day!

Celebrate with the Knoxville Museum of Art during the winter Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This FREE family event will be packed with art-making, artist demonstrations, face painting, magic shows, gallery tours, and live music.   Popular local favorite Kelle Jolly and Dre Hilton will be performing musical hits throughout […]

Story is your point of view: Writing workshop with Pamela Schoenwaldt

Pamela Schoenewaldt, novelist, short story writer, and experienced teacher will lead a writing workshop with the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. She will help participants find, define, and empower the all-important point of view that makes (or breaks) a story.   The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 13, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for February 13, 2017

Joint Education Committee discusses education issues By Ken Lay Potential pay raises took center stage as the Knox County Board of Education Knox County Commission Joint Education Committee convened Wednesday at the Andrew Johnson Building. The committee, which met with Knox County Schools Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas, was comprised of four board members and four […]

Jimmy Duncan is Right

Jimmy Duncan is Right

By Steve Hunley Both the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Maryville Daily Times have given coverage to some folks castigating Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan for refusing to hold a special town hall meeting – – – just for them.  Naturally, after being told no, some of them are immediately intending to take to the […]

Cordell Hull & the Election of 1920

Cordell Hull & the Election of 1920

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull had been in Congress since 1907 when he had only narrowly won the Democratic nomination, which inside Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional district was tantamount to election. Hull, only thirty-seven years old at the time, had been nominated by less than twenty votes. There were rumblings about a recount, but Hull went […]

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