There’s hope on the horizon for Lady Vols basketball

By Steve Williams The once-great Tennessee women’s basketball program has been sinking the past season and a half. Every now and then we hear a gurgle. But last week she made a splash. The 71-69 come-from-behind win over No. 6 ranked Notre Dame at fired up Thompson-Boling Arena again showed us the Lady Vols are […]

Silver Springs has changed

By Mike Steely Silver Springs, Florida, is about eight hours south of Knoxville and a long day’s drive. There’re lots of places to stop to eat or stretch along the way. Once you get through the nightmare known as Atlanta traffic the drive becomes pretty routine. If you haven’t been to Silver Springs in the […]

The Basics Involved in the Foreclosure Process

By Jedidiah McKeehan A foreclosure is what occurs when a homeowner stops making their monthly mortgage payments on their residence.  When a bank provides a loan to someone to purchase a home, they require that the homeowner sign documentation allowing the bank to take the house if the mortgage payments are not made.   Typically, […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 23, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 23, 2017

Four city candidates file treasurer reports By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The election of five new members to the Knoxville City Council is 10 months away but already the race to replace the term-limited council members is underway. Chris Davis, Assistant Administrator of Elections, told The Focus Tuesday that three potential candidates have filed appointments of […]

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Just off Emory Road in Corryton stands a grand country church and, just behind that house of worship, is a small log structure that might be the oldest Baptist church in Knox County. Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, at 9132 West Emory road, is an active community church with Rev. Jerry […]

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

By Ken Lay Knox County has a new wrestling program. First Baptist Academy-Powell began competing in the sport this season and the Eagles are a Freshman/JV Team but Coach Josh Neely has some lofty expectations for the program’s future. The program may be new but the coach is no stranger to high school athletics and […]

Local Puppeteers Win Global Art Grant for Knoxville’s First Giant Puppet Parade 

Cattywampus Puppet Council  has been awarded a prestigious Burning Man Global Art Grant to help produce the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the 2017 Dogwood Arts Festival. The Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 29th, and preparations are already underway.   The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. […]

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