5th grade student at Adrian Burnett plans to raise $20K for class trip

5th grade student at Adrian Burnett plans to raise $20K for class trip

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com “While running for student council, everyone kept asking why I was running,” 5th grade student Jordan Bishop told The Focus. “I decided that I wanted to help all of my 5th Grade Safety Patrol Class to have the opportunity to go on the trip to Washington, D.C. I didn’t want money […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Six

Estes Kefauver had quite nearly managed the impossible by getting himself elected to the United States Senate in 1948.  Kefauver took advantage of E. H. Crump’s mistake in refusing to back Senator Tom Stewart for reelection. The state of the national Democratic Party that year was divided beyond all hope.  President Harry Truman had been […]

Gilley to play soccer at Pfeiffer University

Gilley to play soccer at Pfeiffer University

By Ken Lay Powell High School senior soccer player Deidre Gilley will continue her athletic career. She made that official recently when she signed to play collegiate soccer at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Gilley, a two-year captain for the Lady Panthers, was a first-team all-District 3-AAA performer during her senior season and was named […]

South Knoxville Part One: Chapman Highway and Vestal

South Knoxville Part One: Chapman Highway and Vestal

As part of our continuing series focusing on “Our Neighborhoods” we begin looking at South Knoxville. That portion of the Knox County communities will include several upcoming issues as we move to highlight the important part of our county. In future weeks The Focus will come back to South Knox and journey further down Chapman […]

Publisher's Position: Gov. Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise’ Deserves Legislature’s Support

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his “Tennessee Promise” plan in his State of the State address. Evidently, the governor had not previously shared his plan with the members of the General Assembly, as one could hear an audible gasp from the audience. That particular reaction is easy to understand, as the […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 10, 2014

The Knoxville Focus for February 10, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. New Middle Schools Requested From School Board By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Middle school students in the Gibbs area are still bused to a school outside their area and the community is pleading for them to have their own school. Gibbs has an elementary school and a high school, […]

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Initiative

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Initiative

Click here to view full results. By Focus Staff By an overwhelming majority, Knox Countians approve Governor Bill Haslam’s proposed “Tennessee Promise.” The latest Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Bill Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise’ plan that would give Tennessee high school graduates free tuition at Tennessee community and […]

Halls Crossroads: Rooted in the past, moving toward the future

Halls Crossroads: Rooted in the past, moving toward the future

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com In the early days prior to Tennessee statehood, Emory Road ran east and west and Andersonville Road ran north and south. Where both intersected just north of Knoxville a thriving community was to develop. Emory Road was built in 1787. It was one of the earliest and busiest wagon roads in […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Five

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Five

By Ray Hill   Congressman Estes Kefauver had seriously contemplated challenging Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1946.  After exploring the possibility of running against McKellar, Kefauver decided the seventy-seven year old incumbent was still too strong to beat.  Kefauver turned his sights on the seat held by Tennessee’s other senator, Tom Stewart. Stewart had first […]