Pedal Power

Pedal Power

By Dan Andrews A fun and innovative idea of using pedal power for downtown transportation has come to fruition in the Central Business Improvement District Area. “Downtown Rickshaw” is a new company that provides rides to individuals looking for a short trip in the heart of downtown. According to Bill Stone, manager of the company, […]

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter II

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter II

By Ray Hill By the fall of 1937, E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine, was openly fighting Governor Gordon Browning. After having supported Browning for governor in 1936, Senator Kenneth D. McKellar’s prediction that Crump could not trust Browning had proved to be true. Following a meeting in the Memphis Boss’s […]

Doyle Human’s view of officiating turned from hate to love

Doyle Human’s view of officiating turned from hate to love

  By Steve WIlliams When Doyle Human came to his first meeting of the East Tennessee Federation of Umpires in 1962, one veteran official got even. “As I walked down the aisle,” recalled Human last week, “Joe Caldwell stopped everything and said, ‘For all you fellows that don’t know that guy walking down the aisle […]

WorkNow! opens in Fountain City

WorkNow! opens in Fountain City

By Tasha Mahurin tasha@knoxfocus.com Earlier this summer  WorkNow! Inc., a staffing company based in Morristown, TN, held a grand opening event at their new office, located at 4704 North Broadway Street in Knoxville.  More than just a resource for employers seeking qualified candidates, WorkNow !, Inc. is committed to helping the unemployed community find jobs […]

Exclusive: Icon Lounge 4th of July Photos

Tonight I decided to go a unique angle on everything. With heavy rains and unpredictable weather, I decided to photograph from “Icon Lounge” on the 5th floor of the Sunsphere.             All photos taken in near total darkness. Patrons crowd around looking out the windows.

Red White and Blues starts a soggy 4th

  A small crowd assembled on July 3rd, at the Farragut Red, White, and Blues Festival. For those who did attend, they were entertained by local bands. Also many local vendors participated and some even gave out free food.

Freedom from Religion Foundation challenges Knoxville City Council

I learned this morning that the Freedom from Religion Foundation, including Knoxville members, sent a letter to Knoxville City Council in objection to council’s practice of religious prayer prior to council meetings. The letter asks that the council “drop” the practice of prayer before meetings. The letter reads: “The solution is simple; discontinue official government […]

LOCAL FIRE CHIEF URGES TO LEAVE INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS

Leave fireworks to the professionals, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish recommends. While fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July and Independence Day celebrations, the explosives are also the cause of dangerous fires, millions of dollars in damages and nearly 10,000 emergency room visits nationally each year. “Our priority is to keep people safe this Fourth […]

KUB Announces Payment Centers Closed for Independence Day

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, KUB’s payments centers will be closed Thursday, July 4. The payment centers are located at 4428 Western Avenue, 445 S. Gay Street, and 4218 Asheville Highway. Customers with utility emergencies will still be able to contact KUB by phone on July 4 at 524-2911 or 800-250-8068. For customer […]