Farragut, West Valley sweep Track Championship

Farragut, West Valley sweep Track Championship

By Ken Lay Farragut Middle School’s girls and West Valley’s boys won the 2012 Knox County Middle School Track and Field Championships in dominating fashion Wednesday night at Hardin Valley Academy. The Lady Admirals won their second consecutive county title with 143 points. The Halls Lady Demons took second (69). Karns was third with 68 […]

Focus Poll for May 7 edition

Focus Poll for May 7 edition

By Focus Staff The latest poll conducted by The Knoxville Focus asked voters, “The current sales tax rate in Knox County is 9.25% or $9.25 per $100 spent.  Do you support or oppose increasing the Knox County sales tax rate?” The results reveal one of the most lop-sided results since The Focus started conducting polls.  […]

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

  By Ray Hill Despite encountering stiff opposition to the candidates supported by Shelby County Boss E. H. Crump and Tennessee’s senior United States Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, the two men were supporting Jim Nance McCord for governor in 1944. McCord had been elected to a single term in Congress, but had held one elective […]

Meeting Nikki Giovanni

Meeting Nikki Giovanni

By Sarah Baker As a literature teacher, there is no bigger thrill than meeting an author whose work you have taught.  I have been teaching Nikki Giovanni’s poetry for 14 years, and I had the privilege of meeting her last weekend at Union Avenue Books.  Giovanni gave two readings at the cozy bookstore on Saturday […]

Upcoming events at The King’s Academy

Upcoming events at The King’s Academy

18th Annual Spring Golf Tournament Everybody and their brother has a golf tournament these days, but few people have been doing it as long The King’s Academy. Launched by academy alumnus Dan Whitson (’58) in 1994, this spring rite of passage is generally held the second Saturday in May.  The SWAT format means lots of […]

Former local prep stars shine for football Vols

Former local prep stars shine for football Vols

By Steve Williams Cody Blanc’s first spring football practice at UT was a success and head coach Derek Dooley foresees good things down the road for the former Knoxville Central High School standout. Blanc, a 6-1, 200-pound receiver, capped spring drills with three catches for 38 yards in the Orange and White game at Neyland […]

Poll Results Should Send A Message

Poll Results Should Send A Message

By Steve Hunley The latest poll conducted by The Focus should send a message to the members of the Knox County Charter Review Commission. More than 85% of those polled favor keeping countywide offices elected rather than appointed. While the reason for reviewing the Knox County Charter has ostensibly been to work out a few […]