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By Focus Staff Knox County voters disapprove of the United States Supreme Court ruling upholding “Obamacare” by a 63-37% margin. Voters were asked the question, “The Supreme Court ruled today to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to uphold the law?” Voters […]
Fireworks, a Patriotic Bike Parade and a dramatic presentation from some daring individuals will be among the highlights of an old-fashioned celebration at the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth, presented by OneMain Financial. This year, activities get underway at 2 p.m. and continue through the evening with a Fireworks Spectacular at 9:35 p.m., […]
By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States Senator, John Knight Shields, proved to be less than thrilled with President Woodrow Wilson’s cherished idea of America participating in the League of Nations. Senator Shields, unlike most Tennessee Democrats, didn’t especially like Wilson much and the President cordially reciprocated Shields’s dislike. Despite being a moralist, Woodrow […]
By Ralphine Major It all started with a flag. I wrote to our Congressman and asked him to bring a flag to our church during the summer of ‘73. The late John J. Duncan, United States Representative for the Second District, brought a flag that had flown over the Capitol to Fairview Baptist Church in […]
By Steve Williams For someone who didn’t start running cross country until his sophomore year in high school, Will Templeton sure covered a lot of ground in a hurry. Since the fall of 2009, the Hardin Valley Academy male Athlete of the Year for 2011-12 won two TSSAA state cross country championships and signed scholarship […]
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By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “In your opinion, should the privately owned Knoxville Chamber of Commerce be subsidized with local public tax dollars?” 78% of voters responded “no.” The greatest opposition to utilizing tax dollars for the Chamber came from the Seventh District, where an astonishing 89.66% of respondents […]
By Sarah Baker The Knoxville East High School Alumni Association (KEHSAA) celebrated their alma mater’s 60th anniversary on June 16 at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Besides being a celebration of all East High School’s classes (1952-1968), this year was particularly special, because it was also the first induction of the KEHSAA Hall of […]
By Ray Hill When K. D. McKellar first entered the United States Senate on March 4, 1917, he was forty-eight years old. One long-time Senate employee recalled McKellar was well dressed, “a real Beau Brummell.” McKellar frequently wore a black bow tie and dressed the part of a senator. Well into the 1940s, McKellar […]