Passing the torch

By Joe Rector I began a new job as a substitute teacher at the beginning of the school year. The first couple of days were rough as I reacquainted myself with teenaged students. I’d spent 30 years as a teacher but had been gone from the school setting and the classroom for a long time. […]

‘The Standard’

By Ralphine Major It was 1947 when an 18-year-old student graduated from Halls High School in Halls Crossroads, Tennessee.  He found his first job in downtown Knoxville at the Standard Knitting Mills.  Eugene (Gene) Harrington would spend the next 42 years at “The Standard.”  It was the only place he ever worked. “He loved the […]

Vols edge Appalachian State

By Alex Norman Well, that didn’t go as expected. The ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers were supposed to open the 2016 season at Neyland Stadium with a convincing win over an Appalachian State team that, on paper, doesn’t have nearly the talent level as the Vols. Instead, it was the underdog Mountaineers that outplayed their hosts for […]

Vols’ opener: A nightmare with a good ending

By Steve Williams Be honest Tennessee football fans. When you woke up Friday morning, did you feel good about how your Vols played in their season opener the night before? Coach Butch Jones told us “1-0 is 1-0” on his post-game show after the come-from-behind 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State Thursday night at Neyland […]

Whew!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately, grandchildren have been on my mind a lot. Becky and I kept the two known as the “cute ones” over the weekend, and my other daughter, who lives in Portland Oregon, is in labor as I begin this essay. Thirty-seven years ago my wife, Becky, was in labor with our […]

Twenty-One Vendors to Participate in 15th Annual Taste of Blount

Top Blount County restaurants to offer samples of their fare Chicken salad croissants, steak martinis, cookies and crème cupcakes and Zwiebelkuchen (Zwie-bel-ku-chen) are just some of the savory food favorites you’ll find at the 15th annual Taste of Blount which is set of Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 6, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 6, 2016

Elected officials take the oath of office By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “The new school board represents a historic change and opportunity and sets the stage for real change in the educational process in Knox County,” said new Board of Education member Tony Norman of District 3. Norman was among several newly elected or re-elected county […]

Barnes ‘gives back’ through Emerald Youth Foundation

Barnes ‘gives back’ through Emerald Youth Foundation

By Ken Lay Rick Barnes may be Tennessee’s head men’s basketball coach but he also wants to contribute to the community. That’s why he became involved with Knoxville’s Emerald Youth Foundation. “When I first got here, I wanted to do more than just coach basketball,” Barnes said as he started the 18th Annual Emerald Golf […]

You can help save Butterfly Lake

You can help save Butterfly Lake

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com One of the beautiful features about the Colonial Village neighborhood is Butterfly Lake. The shallow lake sits at the entry of the South Knoxville neighborhood and draws all types of water fowl. Last week the Canadian Geese were waddling along the shoreline looking for food and two cranes were far away […]

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

By Ray Hill The 1952 Senate race in Tennessee had its roots in the 1948 election, which was a turning point in Volunteer State history.  For decades, Tennessee’s politics had been dominated by Senator Kenneth D. McKellar and E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County machine.  The two had parted company only occasionally, usually […]

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