Sam Houston comes home

Sam Houston comes home

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been said that if it wasn’t for Tennessee there would be no Texas. That saying refers to  the influx of people from our state to what was then the northern territory of Mexico and the number of those people who promoted and fought the Texas Revolution. East Texas even […]

Food truck rules may be opposed

Food truck rules may be opposed

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s two-year pilot project to allow and regulate food trucks is on the way to becoming an official ordinance and, overall, the trial program has been very successful. But the Community Forum has some hard questions about parts of the proposed rules. The ordinance discussion is on the city council […]

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Tennessee, like every other state in the union, had been devastated by the Great Depression. The suffering in Tennessee was accentuated by the fact almost seven million dollars in state money had been lost when Caldwell and Company, one of the largest banking enterprises in the South, collapsed. That had caused Governor […]

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

Photo By Dan Andrews Commissioner Mike Brown being interviewed by Mike Steely. The retiring commissioner and community leader says he has lots to keep him busy after he leaves the commission.

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Mike Brown is known as being the “bulldog” of the Knox County Commission due to his eight years of speaking his mind as commissioner. His words are often colored with unique, descriptive and folksy phrasing that gets his point across. “I believe in telling it like it is,” Brown told The […]

State champion Fulton hung its hat on depth and a suffocating defense

Fulton Falcons hoist the gold basketball trophy after pulling away from Chattanooga Brainerd 59-50 in the TSSAA Class AA state championship game at MTSU in Murfreesboro on March 19.

State champion Fulton hung its hat on depth and a suffocating defense

By Steve Williams Fulton’s basketball team built a comfortable first-half lead in the TSSAA Class AA state championship game, but veteran head coach Jody Wright knew his Falcons had to keep working. “Brainerd is the type of team you can’t relax against,” Wright told a state-wide television audience on his way to the dressing room […]

Karns Senior is an All-American bass fisher

Karns Senior is an All-American bass fisher

By David Klein Gridiron. Hardwood. Diamond.  High school athletes have been making names for themselves on these playing fields for years. Add lakes to that. Bassmaster Magazine, the bible of bass fisherman, named 18-year old Karns High School senior Jake Lee, a Bassmaster’s 2015 All-American last year. Karns High School had a ceremony on Monday, […]

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Jonathan "Turtle" Byrd (left) and Matt Byrd look over lineups before giving them to umpire Tom Ouimet prior to the second game between Giles County and Central.last week. The two brothers shook hands and gave each other a hug before heading back to their respective dugouts.

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

By Steve Williams Charlie Byrd introduced his sons to the game of baseball years ago. He coached them and watched them play in many games. But what his eyes saw on a beautiful early spring afternoon last week was a first. Matt and Jonathan “Turtle” Byrd were on opposite sides as head coaches of Central […]

Venero gets redemption in win over Rebels

Venero gets redemption in win over Rebels

By Ken Lay Carmelo Venero saw an opportunity to redeem himself Wednesday night and he took advantage of his chance. A senior outfielder for the Farragut High School baseball team, Venero had a rough go of things as he and the Admirals suffered their second loss of the young 2016 season against archrival Bearden Tuesday […]

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