John H. Bankhead of Alabama

John H. Bankhead of Alabama

By Ray Hill   For decades the Bankhead family was one of the most politically prominent in the state.  Today, perhaps the best-known member of the family is the late actress Tallulah Bankhead, yet Miss Bankhead’s father William was Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives while her Uncle John was the United States […]

Clevenger puts Vol Basketball on the map and a rivalry is born

Clevenger puts Vol Basketball on the map and a rivalry is born

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Zora G. Clevenger took over as head coach for the University of Tennessee’s football program in 1911 and three years later led the Volunteers to both a 9-0 season and a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title on the gridiron. However, until the Robert Neyland era, the University’s football coach also served […]

Jazz Lunch at the Square Room features ‘Tribute to Nat King Cole’

Jazz Lunch at the Square Room features  ‘Tribute to Nat King Cole’

The Square Room, in partnership with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and WUOT 91.9FM, is now hosting a Jazz Lunch series on the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1pm. Admission to the concert is $15 and includes a lunch buffet served up by Café 4. Tickets are available online at www.knoxjazz.org or by […]

City and PBA pitch-in to reestablish Sunsphere as local "Icon"

In an effort reestablish the Sunsphere as a  thriving vibrant local attraction, as well as, ensure the success of the new restaurant on the fifth floor, “Icon Ultra Lounge”, small but critical changes are occurring around the Sunsphere. The most immediate and noticeable effort is the “good neighbor” assistance from the Knoxville Convention Center. Some citizens […]