CHS Class of 1963 Reunion

The Central High School Class of 1963 is looking for lost classmates as we prepare to celebrate our 50th Reunion this spring. If you are part of this class and have not heard from the committee about the upcoming “golden reunion” please email or mail your information. Email your contact info to: ajrader@bellsouth.net or mail […]

Halls BPA Good Friday Prayer Breakfast

The Annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Beaver Dam Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 a.m.  This annual event, sponsored by the Halls Business & Professional Association, attracts businesses, professionals and residents from the community and is always a sold out affair. The guest speaker this year is […]

Costly city government luncheon raises concerns

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Each year the City of Knoxville hosts an elaborate luncheon where the Mayor outlines the proposed city budget for the upcoming year. Last year the luncheon was held under a sprawling tent on the lawn of Victor Ashe Park where citizens were shuttled from spill over parking lots. Recently questions have been raised about the costs and expenditures of this high profile event and […]

"Meet the Fleet" being discussed for #Southfest

Details involving #Southfest have begun to emerge. On the county side, the Mayor’s office is hard at work brainstorming. One proposed plan includes “meet the fleet.” The idea is to allow young children the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and get their photo taken with fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks, and other county vehicles.  The […]

South Knoxville Tax Break Plan Faces Hurdles

Multiple sources indicate that local official’s plan to seek tax relief for South Knoxville businesses from Nashville faces many hurdles in our state’s capitol. State lawmakers fear that allowing a tax break might set a precedent that could cost the state untold millions for years to come. The concern is that any time a state project […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, March 11

Knoxville Focus for Monday, March 11

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Gibbs uses improbable comeback to make State By Ken Lay Gibbs High School’s boys basketball team found itself in a familiar place early last week. The Eagles were down big in the fourth-quarter of a Section 1-AA final. But like they’ve done so many times before, the […]

Knox Countians Favor Term Limits for School Board

Knox Countians Favor Term Limits for School Board

Click here to view the full results.   By Focus Staff By a large majority, Knox County voters favor term limits for the members of the Knox County Board of Education. This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question: “Most elected offices in Knox County are limited to two consecutive terms.  Do you support term […]

City, County work together to aide South Knox businesses

City, County work together to aide South Knox businesses

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com South Knoxville businesses were sent reeling after an announcement earlier this year that the reopening Henley Street Bridge would be delayed until February 2014, a full six months past its original estimated completion date. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett responded promptly and quickly wrote to state lawmakers in Nashville requesting tax […]

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

By Ray Hill The South produced a number of successful demagogues, not the least of which was James K. Vardaman, a governor and senator from Mississippi.  At the height of his career, Vardaman was unquestionably the most popular politician in Mississippi. James Kimble Vardaman was born July 26, 1861, just as the Civil War commenced.  […]

Impressive win over Grainger puts unranked CAK girls in state

Impressive win over Grainger puts unranked CAK girls in state

By Steve Williams The theme song of the movie Hoosiers was piped into the gym as homestanding Christian Academy of Knoxville warmed up on one end of the court and top-ranked Grainger High on the other. But instead of looking like an underdog, CAK’s unranked girls basketball team looked like the best-kept secret in town, […]