Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African Queen,” and at the end I watched the credits and saw that Knoxville’s James Agee wrote the screenplay. I thought, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” […]

Knoxville Focus for March 16, 2015

    Broadway, I-640 plans detailed By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Tennessee Department of Transportation has big plans to rework an area of Broadway north of I-640 over the next couple of years and most Fountain City residents seem pleased. Most, but not all. The homeowners along Greenway Drive and those streets between Greenway and […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

At Symmetry, nothing changes but the name

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Nothing has changed but the name at one of North Knoxville’s most popular salons. Owner  Erin Goode says that the salon at 3501 Tazewell Pike, formerly known as Salon Mira Mira, is now the Symmetry Salon. “We still have the same wonderful staff and are a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. We […]

Bulldogs walk their way to victory over Sequoyah

By Ken Lay Bearden High School’s baseball team got off to a fast start Thursday night but had to nab a walk-off victory against Sequoyah. The Bulldogs, who scored six runs in the first two-innings, notched an early-season 10-9 victory over the Chiefs when Brock Vaughn drew a one-out bases-loaded walk that plated Bryson Ford […]

E-911 Radio Contract on hold

By Mike Steely   It’s not quite back to square one for a new radio system for the Knox County Emergency Communications District, but the board has voted to delay a final decision on the proposed $ 9 million contract bid from Harris Corp while more information about joining the Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System […]

Old Time Cold Cures

By Joe Rector Everywhere I go this winter, I run into folks who are wheezing and sniffing and sneezing and coughing. This year seems to have brought with it plenty of snow, frigid temperatures, and COLDS. The television is bursting with advertisements for medicines that will knock that cold out quick. I remember some of […]

The Love of God

By Rosie Moore When I was ten years old, I was walking down a street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when a sweet young lady asked if I would like to go to Sunday School at her church. I said “sure” and that started my love affair with the Mennonite church that continued the next eight years. […]

JAXSON’S STORY

By Ralphine Major As their two-week old baby was wheeled away to surgery, his parents pondered all that had happened.  In a span of thirty minutes, Rachael and Drew Cope were told that their baby had a blockage, he was being prepped for surgery, and the results of the genetic testing showed he had a […]

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