By Ray Hill Kenneth Douglas McKellar arrived in the United States Senate in 1917 and it was a much sleepier place than it would become a few decades later. Capitol Hill has always been almost a world unto itself through the ages and still is; the Senate had its own post office, barber shop, […]
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By Sarah Baker On Thursday, May 3, The Metropolitan Planning Commission held a public meeting in the community room at the Cansler Family YMCA to hear input regarding proposed zoning regulations for the placement of facilities for cremation in the City of Knoxville. Last fall Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel in Fountain City received a permit from […]
By Dr. Jim Ferguson Somehow in the midst of all the turmoil, life goes on and renews itself. On May Day my grandson arrived, and things seem brighter now. Yes, the destruction continues in Washington, wars rage around the world and injustice is even encountered in our City government. But, now a new star shines […]
By Ken Lay Farragut Middle School’s girls and West Valley’s boys won the 2012 Knox County Middle School Track and Field Championships in dominating fashion Wednesday night at Hardin Valley Academy. The Lady Admirals won their second consecutive county title with 143 points. The Halls Lady Demons took second (69). Karns was third with 68 […]
By Focus Staff The latest poll conducted by The Knoxville Focus asked voters, “The current sales tax rate in Knox County is 9.25% or $9.25 per $100 spent. Do you support or oppose increasing the Knox County sales tax rate?” The results reveal one of the most lop-sided results since The Focus started conducting polls. […]
By Ray Hill Despite encountering stiff opposition to the candidates supported by Shelby County Boss E. H. Crump and Tennessee’s senior United States Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, the two men were supporting Jim Nance McCord for governor in 1944. McCord had been elected to a single term in Congress, but had held one elective […]
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By Sarah Baker As a literature teacher, there is no bigger thrill than meeting an author whose work you have taught. I have been teaching Nikki Giovanni’s poetry for 14 years, and I had the privilege of meeting her last weekend at Union Avenue Books. Giovanni gave two readings at the cozy bookstore on Saturday […]
18th Annual Spring Golf Tournament Everybody and their brother has a golf tournament these days, but few people have been doing it as long The King’s Academy. Launched by academy alumnus Dan Whitson (’58) in 1994, this spring rite of passage is generally held the second Saturday in May. The SWAT format means lots of […]