City begins streetlight retrofitting in East Knoxville

City begins streetlight retrofitting in East Knoxville

By Ken Lay The City of Knoxville is changing its streetlights. It became official recently when Mayor Madeline Rogero hosted a ceremony where the first LED light was lit. Rogero and city councilman and former mayor Daniel Brown were on hand when Angel Pena of Siemens turned on the first new light in East Knoxville […]

The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

The Last Hurrah of Benton McMillin

  By Ray Hill In 1920, Tennessee had done the unthinkable and gone Republican.  Not only had GOP presidential nominee Warren Harding carried Tennessee, but the Volunteer State with women newly enfranchised to vote, had elected a Republican governor, Alf Taylor.  The Republicans had also picked up three congressional seats, ousting veteran Democratic congressmen Cordell […]

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I knew that it would only be a matter of time before Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, would be riding a horse in a western adventure as Wayne has always liked the cowboy way of life. “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns”—our newest book just released—is both entertaining […]

Pet foxes on leashes in county parks a no-no!

Pet foxes on leashes in county parks a no-no!

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County is changing in ways that may surprise long-time residents. The population is changing, new families and singles are arriving, housing demands are up, sidewalks are being considered for new subdivisions, and some views on politics are adapting. The social change in the county and city may be the most […]

NewBreed celebrates a title and builds for future

Photos of all 16 team Knox Metro Youth Football League's champions are in The Focus' Sports and Recreation section this week.

NewBreed celebrates a title and builds for future

  By Steve Williams NewBreed is one of the newer commissions in the Knox Metro Youth Football League and its 9U team was among those that celebrated a championship this season. The NewBreed players defeated No. 1 seed Seymour 18-13 in the Grasscutter NFC Division at John Tarleton Park in the youth league’s annual post-season […]

Trees Knoxville Giving Away Trees

Trees Knoxville’s 2017 Tree Give-Away is 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 2 at the Knoxville Botanical Garden (2649 Boyd’s Bridge Pike. Use the Boyd’s Bridge Pike entrance to the Knoxville Botanical Garden.)  The giveaway is open to residents of businesses of Knoxville and Knox County, who may obtain and plant up to five free […]

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

  Tennova commemorates National Influenza Vaccination Week with tips for avoiding the flu   Flu season is officially here and health experts are concerned it could be a particularly miserable fall and winter. Flu is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. […]

UT Retail Expert: Holiday Shoppers Will Spend More, Break Online Sales Records

Adobe Digital Insights predicts the 2017 holiday season to be the first to break $100 billion in online sales, a 13 percent increase from last year. Ann Fairhurst “To take advantage of projected trends, retailers need to ensure consumers’ online experiences are positive,” said Ann Fairhurst, professor and head of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, […]

Thankful for Tennessee

  By Randy McNally   While Christmas reigns supreme as a holiday marking the birth of our Lord, I have always felt a special connection with Thanksgiving. These days Christmas unfortunately includes ubiquitous commercialism which can distract us from the true meaning of the day. Thanksgiving stands apart from all that. This day gives us […]

UT Welcomes Fans to Final Home Football Game Saturday

UT welcomes fans to campus Saturday for this year’s final home football game. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST for the Volunteers’ game against the Commodores of Vanderbilt University. Gates open at 2 p.m. The SEC Network will televise the game. Saturday is Senior Day, when seniors on the football team are honored for […]

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