Knoxville Focus for February 23, 2015

Arctic Blast: Businesses, Government, Schools affected by winter weather By Mike Steely steelym@Knoxfocus.com By far the biggest news story last week was the freezing weather. It touched everyone and was harsher on some than others. It was a week that will be remembered for a long time. Last Monday and Monday evening was a nightmare of […]

Granddaddy looking forward to ‘hanging out’ with Kahlil McKenzie

By Steve Williams Thousands of University of Tennessee football fans are happy that Kahlil McKenzie signed with the Volunteers, but “Granddaddy” is probably the happiest. Sam McKenzie Jr. is Kahlil’s grandfather and lives in East Knoxville, probably about 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium, where UT fans expect his grandson to wreak havoc for future opposing […]

More Knox County Curiosities

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com Here and there around our county are places where you’ll find curious things, places and some things that simply are interesting and odd. You can travel from one end to the other, north, south, east and west and run across places that bring a smile or a question. Some things are […]

Governor Hill McAlister

By Ray Hill   Hill McAlister very much wanted to be governor of Tennessee and made repeated efforts before finally achieving his goal.  Once in office, McAlister found it bit tougher than he likely expected. McAlister was born in Nashville on July 15, 1875 and eventually graduated from Vanderbilt University’s school of law.  By the […]

Farragut wins Moore Cup and clinches state bid

By Ken Lay Bearden/Karns first-year hockey coach Aaron Barnes could do no more than tip his hat to Farragut High School Thursday night after his Icedawgs were stunned by the Admirals in the Moore Cup Final at the Icearium. “They played a great game,” Barnes said of Farragut after it notched a 4-1 victory and […]

Chicken City: More than ‘Hillbilly Pride’

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com “We cut fresh meat daily,” said John Maxwell, General Manager of Chicken City on North Central in Knoxville. You’ve seen Chicken City, located at 2518 North Central, but if you haven’t been inside you’re missing something special. While the neighborhood grocery store is known for its fresh, not frozen, chicken, the […]

Legal and public notices for February 16. 2015

75 FORECLOSURES NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated May 5, 2006, executed by GUISTINO DE CELESTINO AND SHERRY L. DE CELESTINO, conveying certain real property therein described to SOUTHEAST TITLE & ESCROW, as Trustee, as same appears […]

Knoxville Focus for February 16, 2015

Hopson Elected as KCEA President By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Lauren Hopson, the founder of Students, Parents and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK) and a teacher advocate who has been outspoken concerning Superintendent James McIntyre and school policies, has been elected by fellow Knox County Education Association (KCEA) members as their new president. Hopson challenged current […]

Town Hall updated on Fountain City Lake

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Fountain City Town Hall held a community meeting last Monday at the Lions Club Building at Fountain City Park to begin planning for the Honor Fountain City Day in May and to hear from the city on the restoration of the lake there. “Don’t call it a pond,” one audience […]

Governor Thomas C. Rye

By Ray Hill   Just after the turn of the century, Tennessee’s Democratic Party became almost hopelessly fractured.  The candidacies of two men helped to heal the deep divisions inside the Democratic Party in Tennessee: that of Kenneth D. McKellar for the United States Senate in 1916 and Tom C. Rye for governor in 1914. […]

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