Alabama in a runaway or will SEC media get it wrong again?

The SEC Media Days are in the rearview mirror, but Alabama’s stature in the conference is so enormous, we can still see Big Al, the school’s mascot elephant, and hear “Roll Tide” from miles and miles away. Based on the votes of the media in its prediction of how the 2017 football campaign will end, […]

Can You Possess a Firearm While Drinking?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, people love their guns.  You may be a gun lover yourself.  You may have multiple guns and have your handgun carry permit. Not that long ago the laws were changed in Tennessee to allow gun owners more freedom to carry their guns at parks and in bars.  But what exactly […]

Unequal Educational Opportunities

Unequal Educational Opportunities

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education recently extended the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Ordinarily, the board would deserve commendation for such a thing; however, in this instance, they have created an unequal educational opportunity.  By doing so, they have invited scrutiny they cannot bear. From everything I have seen, the IB program […]

Pleasant Ridge mural gives a glimpse of the past

Pleasant Ridge mural gives a glimpse of the past

By Pete Gawda Pleasant Ridge Elementary School has a unique window to the past thanks to artist Gale Hinton. She recently covered the walls of the school’s hallway with murals. The most striking and probably the most personal is dedicated to the Nickle family. While the Knoxville native did not go to school at Pleasant […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

By Ray Hill When the Tennessee General Assembly reduced the number of Tennessee’s congressional seats from ten to nine, Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell had been displaced.  Mitchell’s home county of Cumberland had been placed in the heavily Republican Second District, which was represented by GOP Congressman J. Will Taylor.  “Hillbilly Bill” Taylor was considered unbeatable […]

Lonsdale youth center, paintball, and sports tourism

Lonsdale youth center, paintball, and sports tourism

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Emerald Youth Center’s hopes to build a $9 million facility in Lonsdale came one step closer to a reality recently when the Knox County Commission agreed to give the city a portion of the Sam E. Hill School Property. The commission voted unanimously to pass a “no recommendation” of the […]

Ellison believes Panthers are on track to be more competitive

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Sophomore Walker Trusley, named Powell High's new quarterback last week, is locked and loaded in 7-on-7 action against Catholic on Thursday.

Ellison believes Panthers are on track to be more competitive

By Steve Williams Change is in the air for Powell High football. Rodney Ellison, beginning his third year as head coach after 2-9 and 1-9 seasons, has announced a new starter at quarterback. Six new assistant coaches also are part of his staff. And there is a feeling of new commitment among his players to […]

Library to introduce Teens Talk Books: A Quarterly Book Club

A new teen program from Knox County Public Library and UTK’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature Knox County Public Library and the Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee are collaborating on a new book club called Teens Talk Books. This new book club is dedicated to teen […]

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