Sneakers

By Joe Rector I just watched a news story about the re-birth of Converse tennis shoes. Such things as this give me confidence that our country is still clinging to the goodness that has been around for years. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but I did feel good hearing that a 98 year-old […]

Bits and pieces

By Rosie Moore I am an avid reader but once in a while I latch on to a book that is disappointing and not to my liking at all. That was the case with a book I picked up by one of my favorite authors, Nelson DeMille. The title misled me. I thought “Radiant Angel” […]

Knoxville area players benefit from ETSU’s return to football

By Steve Williams The excitement over the return of football at East Tennessee State University can be felt 100 miles away. That’s about how far it is from Knoxville to Johnson City, where the Buccaneers will kick off their first season in 12 years Thursday night. Many players from the Knoxville area will be a […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 31, 2015

Replica of Mayberry Sheriff Car at Fountain City Auction By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Who doesn’t like Andy Taylor and Barney Fife of Mayberry fame? Both Andy Griffith and Don Knotts are gone now but their fame lives in reruns and in the memories of many, many people. This Friday, September 4, at Fountain City Auction […]

Fountain City Lake update draws a crowd

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Fountain City residents packed the Lion’s Club house Tuesday afternoon to hear an update and plans for restoring the Fountain City Lake. Mayor Madeline Rogero recalled the $250,000 allotted last year for repairs and reminded everyone that while the city doesn’t own the lake or the park, she felt a […]

Beep! Beep! Big plays power Roadrunners past Halls, 46-22

By Steve Williams Austin-East quarterback Darius Harper is known for his passing arm, but it was his legs that broke Halls’ back Friday night. After the Red Devils had rallied to within eight points of A-E early in the fourth quarter, Harper avoided being thrown for a huge loss and ran into the end zone […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part IV

By Ray Hill   Once again happily married, doting on his newborn daughter, former United States Senator Luke Lea concentrated upon reducing his indebtedness after his return from the World War.  Frequently discussed as a potential candidate for high office, Lea made no move to seek election, but he was becoming more and more influential […]

Knoxville’s Safety City Teaches

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville is the only city in Tennessee with a special “Safety City” that teaches children, especially 2nd graders, about traffic and fire safety. The facility, at 165 South Concord Street between Sutherland Avenue and Kingston Pike, is a city in miniature and hosts more than 15,000 children, parents, teachers and groups […]

Sevier County edges West 29-26

By Alex Norman Perhaps the most entertaining football game of the week took place on Thursday, August 27th in Knoxville. Sevier County and Knoxville West, two teams with the potential to play well into November, gave a regional television audience a show. In the end it was the right foot of Smoky Bears kicker Anthony […]

Visit Knoxville visiting ideas on Airbnb

Good morning, Dan Andrews over at the news desk and here is a tourism update. Just got this information from the Director of Visit Knoxville, Kim Bumpas. I am printing it verbatim. “Hey Dan, We are looking at Airbnb as an industry. This has just started to get big so all CVB’s across the country […]

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