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 […]

Safety Fest TN Opens Registration for 90 Free Safety Classes on July 24

  OAK RIDGE – On July 24, registration opens for Safety Fest TN, an annual community event that offers 90 free safety classes to residents and companies from September 11-15. This year’s training classes will be offered at Y-12’s New Hope Center, ORAU’s Pollard Technical Center, and other local venues. Registration and a complete list […]

TDEC Offering $4.5 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for recycling and waste reduction grants totaling $4,500,000.   “Since 2015, TDEC has had a renewed focus on supporting local communities in a broader goal to reduce waste across the state while increasing recycling rates,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “These grants aim […]

New Concord Park trail ribbon cutting July 21

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and local leaders will join members of the community for the grand opening of new trails at Concord Park on Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. The park is located at 11808 S. Northshore Drive, and the ribbon cutting will take place just east of it next to the old […]

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