The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

By Ray Hill In 1943, while still a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Cabinet, Harold L. Ickes wrote his autobiography.  Aptly entitled “Autobiography of a Curmudgeon,” Ickes immediately said, “If, in these pages, I have hurled an insult at anyone, be it known that such was my deliberate intent, and I may as well […]

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

By Sally Absher Welcome Back Students! A hearty “Welcome back” to Knox County students and their families! We hope you (or your parents) will make a habit of reading the Chalk Board column in the weekly Knoxville Focus paper – either the print version that comes out on Mondays, or the online version available at […]

What you don’t know about Chilhowee Park

What you don’t know about Chilhowee Park

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Chilhowee Park is the region’s often underutilized premier outdoor event park. The park and the neighborhoods that surround it are known by most Knox County residents but how much do you really know about it? What is now Chilhowee Park was, before the Civil War, part of two large farms. The […]

Smile after smile, Family Truckster is rolling again

Smile after smile, Family Truckster is rolling again

By Steve Williams It’s not too late for a Summer Vacation trip. In fact, the way CARE 365 founder Dave Moore sees it, a ride in the Family Truckster may be just what many Americans need after recent disturbing events. Moore has converted the Truckster’s Christmas Vacation look this past winter to Summer Vacation style. […]

Anderson County Chamber Hosts Small Business Seminar

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) will host a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business. The TSBDC advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners in our area at no cost to them. […]

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Marketplace

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Marketplace

Join us for the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Marketplace in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Sugarlands Distilling Company will host local artists Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 4. p.m. Come experience, first hand, the craftsmanship and beauty that goes into broom making, clay sculpting, glass blowing and wood carving and burning.   Featured […]

Sample the Fare of the 15th Annual Taste of Blount

Sample the Fare of the 15th Annual Taste of Blount

  Top Blount County restaurants to offer samples of their fare Let the friendly competition begin. Taste of Blount, a collection of savory food favorites from restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers, returns for its 15th year at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse) Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6–8 […]

‘History Hound’ Dog Costume Contest

‘History Hound’ Dog Costume Contest

Have a blast with the past at the East Tennessee History Fair!  The “History Hound” Dog Costume Contest is a feature event of the 9th Annual East Tennessee History Fair being held on Saturday, August 20.  Bring your canine companion in his best historic costume to have him crowned History Hound!  Local celebrities will be judging […]

Cumberland Avenue paving schedule adjusted

Southern Constructors Inc. crews paved this block of Cumberland Avenue, between 21st and 22nd streets, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. This paved lane covers what had been a strip of gravel, and it will be the future westbound lane of Cumberland. The new pavement establishes the roadway and connections with cross streets at the correct new height while providing better access to the entrances of businesses. To the right are wide new sidewalks, with decorative bricks and silva-cell structures that will nurture healthy root growth for new trees.

Cumberland Avenue paving schedule adjusted

The schedule for overnight pavings along a three-block section of Cumberland Avenue has been adjusted to include Friday night and early Saturday morning, Aug. 5-6.   The series of pavings – involving the future westbound lane of Cumberland and closures of one-block sections of 19th, 20th and 21st streets north of Cumberland – initially was […]

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