The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

Area mayors discuss loss of jail funding By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A meeting of East Tennessee Mayors  Thursday saw a discussion of the loss of state funds for state prisoners being housed in county jail. Maryville’s mayor, Tom Taylor, began the discussion by saying that Blount County’s seven mayors met on the situation last week […]

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

Robert Woods, as William Blount, chats with Alan Sims. Various historical characters appeared at both the “Franklin Day” and “Statehood Day” festivities at James White’s Fort.

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com James White, the founder of Knoxville, was at Fort James White Fort recently to commemorate the State of Franklin Day. So were John Sevier, William and Mary Blount, and many other period costumed characters. The characters, all members of Tennesseans for Living History, were at the fort as various historic figures […]

The New Deal in Tennessee III

The New Deal in Tennessee III

By Ray Hill With Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee assuming the Speaker’s chair in Congress, the Tennessee Congressional delegation in the House of Representatives faced a serious fight in protecting the Tennessee Valley Authority. Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska, considered the “father” of the TVA, had proposed amendments to the original legislation.  Norris’s amendments […]

Honor Fountain City Day was great!

Honor Fountain City Day was great!

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Good weather, great organization and a huge turnout all combined to make this year’s Honor Fountain City Day a success. The theme was “A Community of Volunteers” and the many people who  helped to organize and put on the recent celebration, sponsored by the Fountain City Town Hall, were evident as […]

Doyle receives all-state lacrosse honors

Doyle receives all-state lacrosse honors

By Ken Lay SEYMOUR – For the first time in its program’s five-year history, the Seymour High School girls lacrosse team has an-all state player. That honor recently went to sophomore attacker Ryann Doyle. She was named to the squad by the coaches in the Tennessee Girls Lacrosse Association. Doyle, who scored 92 goals and […]

A hidden gem in Gibbs

A hidden gem in Gibbs

By Ralphine Major It was a backyard gathering at a place I had never been before.  I could hear the children’s laughter as they ran and played.  Folks were sitting in lawn chairs under a big shade tree.  I imagined that it was a scene much like in the day of the Nicholas Gibbs family. […]

Business Breakfast focuses on increasing contracts with DBEs

Looking to bid on a contract with the City of Knoxville but don’t exactly know how to get started? Not sure if your company is large enough to bid on a City contract?   Plan on attending the City’s annual Business Breakfast to learn how to match your company’s products and services with the right […]

Nicholas Gibbs Historical Society Open House

Nicholas Gibbs Historical Society Open House

Everyone is Invited Have you ever wondered how the Gibbs Community got its name? A revolutionary war hero named Nicholas Gibbs and his family was among the first white settlers in the area of what is now known as the Gibbs Community. The log cabin he built on Emory Road has been in the same […]

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