Knoxville Focus for December 29, 2014

Historic Moses School Building announced as site for Emerald Academy By Focus Staff Knox County’s first public charter school has found a home. Emerald Charter Schools recently purchased the Historic Moses School Building building in Mechanicsville from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley for its Emerald Academy. Emerald Academy is a free, independently […]

Auction to feature an oil wagon, advertising items, and much more

By Mike Steely Ever wondered how the oil was distributed in the days before those huge tanker trucks? Ever see an Oil Wagon? Horsepower for the oil wagons was just that, horse power. There are very few of these old oil wagons left but there’s one at Fountain City Auction. On this Saturday, January […]

Bob Taylor of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar once claimed that outside of the three men who served as President of the United States, Robert Love Taylor was “the best-known man to the Republic at large that Tennessee has ever produced”. It well may have been true. Robert L. Taylor certainly enjoyed almost unparalleled success as […]

Dayspring Christian Academy breaks ground for new gym

Ground was officially broken for a gymnasium expansion at the corner of West Sunrise and West Oldham for Dayspring Christian Academy on Thursday, December 18. Administrator Rob Burress said, “We thank the Lord for those who have partnered with us in prayer and financial support. Without you we could not do the ministry to which […]

‘Most important award they can ever get’

By Steve Williams Coach Dave Moore noticed high school athletes were not getting equal attention and that led to the start of the Careacter Star Athlete program. “The players that got the most attention were the players that were playing, the star players,” recalled Moore, who was a head coach at Sunbright, Knoxville Catholic and […]

Long-time radio man launches streaming broadcasts

By Ken Lay Broadcasting is a labor of love for Chuck Sebastian and he’s had a long career behind the microphone. He’s a longtime veteran of radio and he’s seen the business change and now, he’s looking to take advantage of advances in technology. “I started in radio in 1989,” said Sebastian, who recently moved […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 22, 2014

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Freda G. White Docket Number 75679-3 Notice is hereby given that on the 26th day of November, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate of Freda G. Whitewho died Sept 3, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. […]

Knoxville Focus for December 22, 2014

    A Beautiful Day for a Parade Hundreds of excited residents lined Chapman Highway on a beautiful Saturday, December 13th as The 21st Annual Seymour Community Christmas Parade, a charity event to benefit needy families in Seymour, made its way along its customary path.  With a Seymour Volunteer Fire Department truck as lead, it […]

Fire Department receives HAZMAT honors

By Mike Steely Knoxville’s fire department became the first in the state to receive Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Hazardous Materials certification and the honors were presented a special meeting of the city council Thursday evening. “This is a big deal,” said David Purky, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as he recognized […]

77% Not Prepared For College or Career

By Sally Absher For 2014, the Tennessee State Report Card indicates that the high school graduation rate in Knox County was 88.7%.  But 11.3% of students who entered ninth grade did not graduate with a regular diploma, and will not be ready to be trained for anything other than a manual minimum wage job. […]