Checkered Neyland Stadium and Dobbs will make the difference

By Steve Williams Tennessee will “checker Neyland” this coming Saturday night for its real home opener of 2015, much like Oklahoma “striped out” its stadium in Crimson and Cream when the Vols visited the Sooners for the first time ever last September. I’m sure the UT fans will make the Orange and White squares look […]

Labor Day

By Dr. Jim Ferguson People ask me where I get my stories. I used to say stories just walked into my office, but these days I care for fewer patients in my small concierge medical practice, and I don’t have an office. Consequently, more stories come from medical journals, the news or my life. I’m […]

A Great Educator: C.B. Chesney

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com His formal name was Cloyd Booker Chesney, but he was known as C. B. to most. He grew up in Corryton, graduated from Gibbs High School and Carson-Newman, and began a long and exemplary career in education. Karns was the place where a student named Bob Dagley met Chesney. After Dagley’s […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

By Rosie Moore In this day and age it seems as if everyone in the world is busy taking pictures, of everyone, of themselves. Well, why not, it’s so easy to do, just hold your phone and click. But the pictures we are taking today do not compare with the ones that were taken down […]

Seriously

By Joe Rector The world faces continuing problems: assaults by extremists groups who seek to destroy anything or anyone that opposes them, threats of war from countries with chips on their shoulders, and natural disasters that leave millions homeless and helpless. With all that goes on each day, it’s hard to believe the petty, ridiculous […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 8, 2015

Dave Wright elected County Commission Chairman By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com By a vote of the Knox County Commission, Commissioner Dave Wright of the 8th District was elected chairman during a called meeting Tuesday.  In a split vote Commissioner Bob Thomas, serving his first term as At-Large Seat 10, was selected to be vice chairman. “I […]

Doug Harris elected Chairman of Knox County Board of Education

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education conducted its annual “reorganization” at the September regular Board meeting last week. Gloria Deathridge nominated Doug Harris (who announced publicly at Monday’s work session he was “throwing his name in the hat” for Chair), and Karen Carson quickly seconded the nomination. Outgoing chair Mike McMillan asked if […]

Dr. Tom Kim’s vision continues to be a light to the world

Annual Golf Tournament benefits Free Medical Clinic   By Richie Beeler For more than two decades Dr. Tom Kim has been providing free medical care for working uninsured individuals in the Knoxville area. In 1993 Dr. Kim opened the Free Medical Clinic of America at 6209 Chapman Highway, personally funding all its costs and providing […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part V

By Ray Hill By 1929, Luke Lea had reached the apex of his political influence in Tennessee.  Lea was the undisputed power behind the throne and no one had more influence in the administration of Governor Henry Horton.  When Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Lawrence D. Tyson, died unexpectedly in August of 1929, Horton immediately […]

From Strawberry Plains to New York City

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Seventeen-year-old Josie Redmond is preparing for a new life. The Carter High School senior will skip her senior year and join the Joffrey Academy of Dance in New York City. Her mother calls the move a “dream of a lifetime.” Nikelle Troutt, Josie’s mother, told The Focus that her daughter has […]

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