Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

By Steve Hunley Last week’s editorial “Are they Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of Indexed Annual Tax Increases” brought a letter from Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas that starts off as follows: “One of your recent editorials had some ‘alternative facts’ I wanted to bring to your attention. As a wise man once observed, we […]

Parkridge may add tenants committee

Parkridge may add tenants committee

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com On the Parkridge Community Organization’s Facebook page, the group’s president, Jennifer Montgomery, is suggesting that a Tenant Committee be added to the neighborhood group. Montgomery, who is presiding over different opinions about the proposed Historic Zoning (H-1) for the entire neighborhood, said she’d host the first meeting of tenants and let […]

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

By Ray Hill When author Mark Twain was informed a newspaper had printed his obituary, he tartly replied, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar was seventy-seven years old in 1946 when he sought reelection for a sixth term.  McKellar had been ailing, although he seemed busier than ever, […]

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

By Steve Williams As an uncontested Qua Hines dribbled the closing seconds off the clock in Gatlinburg-Pittman’s 39-29 District 3-AA title win, she got a hug from Fulton’s Lay Lay Manning. It appeared the two know each other and they probably do. Hines played basketball at Northwest Middle School in Knoxville as an eighth grader […]

Hickory Construction Vice President Celebrates 30 Years at Company

ALCOA, Tenn. – Hickory Construction Vice President of Marketing John McMillan is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the company, a tenure that has helped grow the East Tennessee firm, which was founded 40 years ago. “I’ve enjoyed spending the last 30 years helping Hickory develop into one of the largest and most respected builders in […]

Echota BSA District Dinner

Pictured are: Dwight Van de Vate, Chris Perry, Aaron Palmer, Bill Cocran, Amy Newby, Missy Campbell and Linda Myers.

Echota BSA District Dinner

The Echota District, Boy Scouts of America, held their Volunteer Recognition Banquet, on Thursday, February 9 at the Fountain City Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. This District covers Fountain City, Hall’s, Gibbs, Corryton, Powell, and Maynardville. Honorees were: Boy Scout Training Award: Aaron Palmer (Troop 506), Chuck Baum (Troop 213), Kerry Smith (Troop 213); Cub Scout […]

Tennessee Capitol Report for February 26th Takes a Look at Governor Haslam’s Legislative Agenda

  TENNESSEE CAPITOL REPORT continues its third season as a 30-minute show on Tennessee’s Public Television stations this Sunday.  Shot on location at the State Capitol in Nashville, the show offers in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes video covering Tennessee’s Legislature.   This weekend, airing at 9 o’clock on Sunday morning, February 26th, the program takes a […]

Knoxville Sailor defends U.S. against cyber threats

Knoxville Sailor defends U.S. against cyber threats

  SAN DIEGO- A 2003 Powell High School graduate and Knoxville, Tennessee native is serving in the U.S. Navy as a member of Space and Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).   As an integrated logistics support intern, Lt.j.g. Charity Whitfield is responsible for learning about how SPAWAR provides support to military warfighting capabilities assigned to SPAWAR […]

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