Karns LL teams are battling for state berth

Karns LL teams are battling for state berth

By Steve Williams Karns is hosting the District 6 Little League baseball tournament this week. Six teams are in the tourney, which is the first step to Williamsport, Pa., and the nationally televised summer classic. Karns has two teams in the all-star tourney for 11 and 12-year-olds, joining a team each from Union County, Maryville, […]

Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice Celebrates 30 years

Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice Celebrates 30 years

Since 1982, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice has been serving thousands of East Tennessee residents in their home, nursing home, or place of residence. Now, thirty years later, Tammy Francis, RN, CDE, administrator and owner, still manages the agency on that she started literally out of the trunk of her car.  She realized after […]

Knox County Voters Disagree With High Court Ruling

Knox County Voters Disagree With High Court Ruling

By Focus Staff Knox County voters disapprove of the United States Supreme Court ruling upholding “Obamacare” by a 63-37% margin.  Voters were asked the question, “The Supreme Court ruled today to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress.  Do you agree or disagree with the decision to uphold the law?” Voters […]

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 […]