Tom Connally of Texas

Tom Connally of Texas

By Ray Hill When folks think in terms of Texas and Connally, the late Governor John Connally usually comes to mind, but there was another Connally who enjoyed a much longer political career: Thomas Terry Connally.  Tom Connally was no relation to John Connally and during his time, was far better known. Tom Connally was […]

A Greater Impact

A Greater Impact

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com It has been slightly over a year since “Impact Wrestling” last came to Knoxville. Since that time the wrestling company has grown dramatically. With higher TV ratings, new talent, deeper story lines, and a worldwide tour schedule, the wrestling company is poised to return to Knoxville on November 16 with a greater […]

Panthers eliminate Rebels for the second consecutive season

Panthers eliminate Rebels for the second consecutive season

Powell advances on to the quarterfinals, will play host to Tennessee High on Friday By Bill Mynatt, Radio Voice of Powell Panther Football on AM 620 WRJZ PowellFootballRadioVoice@yahoo.com Last year it was a semifinal matchup that saw the Powell Panthers eliminate the West Rebels from the playoffs. While it happened in the second round on […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 5

Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 5

Click here to view this week’s Focus online.     Seymour Middle School Wins $150,000 Students, teachers and administrators at Seymour Middle School are $150,000 richer today after being named 2012 Champions and the grand prize winner in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign. The contest awards $150,000 to the school that garners the most […]

Ijams Grows and Enhances Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Ijams Grows and Enhances Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Following the acquisition of a new 22-acre property, Ijams Nature Center is expanding to 300 acres and further enhancing the South Loop on Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The new property, which lies between Sevierville Pike and Ijams’ Quarries, is a critically important wooded ridge top in South Knoxville. Adding it to existing acreage will ensure that […]

David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

By Ray Hill When folks think of successful Irish politicians from Massachusetts, they tend to think in terms of the Kennedys, John and Ted.  Yet the first and most enduring Irish-Catholic politician from Massachusetts was not a Kennedy; it was David Ignatius Walsh.  For over three decades, David I. Walsh defied the political tides and […]

Powell defeats Central – Again

Powell defeats Central – Again

By Bill Mynatt, Radio Voice of Powell Panther Football on AM 620 WRJZ PowellFootballRadioVoice@yahoo.com In a continuation of its regular season finale on October 18, the Powell Panther defense stopped the Central offense pretty much cold on Friday night at Scarbro Stadium.  Holding the Bobcats to just 86 yards of total offense in the game, […]

Faith the size of a paper clip

Faith the size of a paper clip

By Sarah Baker bakers@knoxfocus.com Powell Middle School received a special guest on October 16.  Linda Hooper, former principal of Whitwell Middle School, came to speak to the student body about the extraordinary project her students started back in 1998.  The “Paper Clips” project inspired a now famous, award-winning documentary. Whitwell is in Southeastern Tennessee, a […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 29

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 29

Click here to view the full paper online. Governor Haslam Endorses State House Candidate Gary Loe Governor Bill Haslam officially endorsed Gary Loe, Republican candidate for State House in District 13, on Friday during a breakfast meet and greet at Rankin Restaurant in Knoxville. “Having strong leaders in the state legislature is incredibly important, and […]