Jessie

By Ralphine Major Hers was one of the last Christmas cards we received just before Christmas, and it was special.  So is she! We met Jessie several years ago at a local restaurant after church one Sunday.  She was the server for our table, and something about her stood out to us.  Maybe it was […]

Dirt and Depression

By Sarah Baker It has been a very dreary winter here in Knoxville.  With the yucky, wet weather and the constant talk of fiscal cliffs and local court fiascos, it has been hard not to feel weighted down by this winter.  Lots of folks I know are in the thick of the winter blues.    Yet […]

Remembering Coach Barnhill

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com The history of the University of Tennessee football program is steeped in tradition and rich with legend. Sports casters utter names such as Neyland, Majors and Fulmer with a sense of reverence. Yet, in the annals of Vol history, one finds a name not often mentioned, or at least not mentioned […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, January 7, 2013

Knoxville Focus for Monday, January 7, 2013

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Knoxville: There’s An App For That By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Knoxville now has an app, thanks in part to Knoxville City Councilman Nick Della Volpe. “The Knoxville application is a handy index-like tool, pointing the way to local food, lodging, tour sites, local happenings, etc. These topic […]

Knox Countians Skeptical About ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Vote

Knox Countians Skeptical About ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Vote

  By Focus Staff Knox Countians appear to be at least somewhat skeptical about the outcome of the recent vote by Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.  Likely voters were asked the question, “This week there was a vote in the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate regarding the so call […]

Remembering Coach Barnhill

Remembering Coach Barnhill

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com The history of the University of Tennessee football program is steeped in tradition and rich with legend. Sports casters utter names such as Neyland, Majors and Fulmer with a sense of reverence. Yet, in the annals of Vol history, one finds a name not often mentioned, or at least not mentioned […]

William E. Borah: The Lion of Idaho

William E. Borah: The Lion of Idaho

By Ray Hill William Edgar Borah was one of the most celebrated members of the United States Senate during his time.  Enormously popular in his state of Idaho, Borah was an impressive orator, regularly filling the Senate galleries when he spoke and his speeches were unusual in that his oratory could move colleagues to actually […]

Q&A with Frank Nicely

Q&A with Frank Nicely

Frank S. Nicely serves in the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 17 which encompasses parts of Knox County and the majority of Jefferson county. Questions were asked by Focus writer Tasha Mahurin. 1.             Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, you were among the first to address the need for […]

TKA Cheerleaders Honor U.S. Veterans

TKA Cheerleaders Honor U.S. Veterans

Cheerleaders from The King’s Academy raised funds to purchase 101 wreaths for veterans of United States armed forces.  Then, as part of a nationwide effort called Wreaths Across America, the eleven middle school and high school girls helped place 200 wreaths on the graves at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway […]

Knox County Democrats Party…Night and Day!

The Knox County Democratic Party held their monthly “First Friday” night time social event this past week.  The event is a friendly party which builds camaraderie among the Democratic faithful. Snacks and drinks are provided. This month attendance was a little smaller than most because many Democrats were busy getting ready for newly elected State […]