Who’s Minding the Store?

Who’s Minding the Store?

By Steve Hunley The Nashville Tennessean has performed a real public service by detailing the hemorrhage of money that has flowed out of Tennessee’s Department of Human Services.  Comptroller Justin Wilson has released information about shocking abuses that not only boggle the mind, but confound the imagination.  The Tennessee DHS presides over an $80 million […]

Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill Unlike many Southern states, Oklahoma did not continuously reelect incumbent United States senators, yet John William Elmer Thomas was one of the longest serving senators from the Sooner State. When he first entered the U.S. Senate, Elmer Thomas could have come straight from central casting; tall, prematurely white haired, with a classic […]

USS Tennessee survivors gather

USS Tennessee survivors gather

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The USS Tennessee floated along Battleship Row, next to the Arizona and the West Virginia, in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. The ship was struck twice by bombs as its crew fought back. But she stayed afloat. After repairs and upgrades the USS Tennessee served out the rest of World […]

The Right Stuff: The KPD Explorer Post

The Right Stuff: The KPD Explorer Post

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com As Chief Rausch handed the Explorer of the Year award to Hayden Marshall on April 22, 2016, he smiled, which was significant because it was the first time he had smiled in days. Before the awards ceremony an impromptu press conference outside the dining hall had taken place with media pressing […]

City unveils traffic plan for public safety

City unveils traffic plan for public safety

  The City of Knoxville has released the draft Program Guide for a new Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP) and is looking for public comment on the proposed program, which is expected to launch this coming summer.   Developed jointly by the Engineering Department, Police Department and Office of Neighborhoods, the NTSP is a comprehensive […]

America’s Got Talent finalist to headline Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

America’s Got Talent finalist to headline Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Back again for its twelfth year, Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival (May 20 & 21, 2016) has released its entertainment lineup, including a headline performance from Mountain Faith Band, 2015 finalist from NBC’s America’s Got Talent. “This year’s roster of performers features a great mix of up-and-coming artists with a number of bluegrass legends,” […]

Transit of Mercury Stargazing Workshop at Marble Springs Monday

Join  Marble Springs on Monday, May 9 for a special stargazing workshop conducted by Gary Noland, adjunct instructor of Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. This workshop will feature the relatively rare astronomical event of Mercury’s transit across the sun. During the transit, Mercury will appear in silhouette as a small, dark dot moving in front […]

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable May meeting

May Roundtable speaker David Powell has published numerous articles on historical simulations of different battles. For the past decade David’s focus has been on the battle of Chickamauga and is recognized nationally for his writings on that battlefield. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 […]

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