City ready for Old Fashioned Fourth

City ready for Old Fashioned Fourth

Fireworks, a Patriotic Bike Parade and a dramatic presentation from some daring individuals will be among the highlights of an old-fashioned celebration at the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth, presented by OneMain Financial. This year, activities get underway at 2 p.m. and continue through the evening with a Fireworks Spectacular at 9:35 p.m., […]

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States Senator, John Knight Shields, proved to be less than thrilled with President Woodrow Wilson’s cherished idea of America participating in the League of Nations. Senator Shields, unlike most Tennessee Democrats, didn’t especially like Wilson much and the President cordially reciprocated Shields’s dislike. Despite being a moralist, Woodrow […]

East Tennessee’s Best Friend in Washington

East Tennessee’s Best Friend in Washington

By Ralphine Major It all started with a flag. I wrote to our Congressman and asked him to bring a flag to our church during the summer of ‘73. The late John J. Duncan, United States Representative for the Second District, brought a flag that had flown over the Capitol to Fairview Baptist Church in […]

Cross country turns out to be Templeton’s sport

Cross country turns out to be Templeton’s sport

By Steve Williams For someone who didn’t start running cross country until his sophomore year in high school, Will Templeton sure covered a lot of ground in a hurry. Since the fall of 2009, the Hardin Valley Academy male Athlete of the Year for 2011-12 won two TSSAA state cross country championships and signed scholarship […]

Voters Don’t Favor Tax Dollars For Chamber

Voters Don’t Favor Tax Dollars For Chamber

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “In your opinion, should the privately owned Knoxville Chamber of Commerce be subsidized with local public tax dollars?” 78% of voters responded “no.” The greatest opposition to utilizing tax dollars for the Chamber came from the Seventh District, where an astonishing 89.66% of respondents […]

16 honored on Hall of Fame

16 honored on Hall of Fame

By Sarah Baker The Knoxville East High School Alumni Association (KEHSAA) celebrated their alma mater’s 60th anniversary on June 16 at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  Besides being a celebration of all East High School’s classes (1952-1968), this year was particularly special, because it was also the first induction of the KEHSAA Hall of […]

The 2nd Annual Knoxville Sports Media Combine

The 2nd Annual Knoxville Sports Media Combine

By Alex Norman Next month the Summer Olympic games will get underway in London.  The world’s greatest athletes will compete for pride, for country, for fame… On the flip side of that coin… last week some current and former members of the Knoxville area sports media competed as well, and their goals were much less […]

A visit to Beardsley Farm

A visit to Beardsley Farm

By Sarah Baker Saturday morning found me at Beardsley Farm with a weeding tool in my hands big enough to make me feel like I actually knew what I was doing.  My friend, Jenny, told me about Beardsley Farm a few months ago after she had taken a class there that she really enjoyed.  In […]