First Methodist to celebrate 150 years

First Methodist to celebrate 150 years

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com How do you celebrate 150 years of church history? Founded the year following the end of the Civil War the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville has a long and proud history. During the years the congregation has had many notable pastors and has worshiped at three different locations, now located […]

Tarwater returns home to play in summer hoops league

Tarwater returns home to play in summer hoops league

By Ken Lay Dwight Tarwater enjoyed a homecoming of sorts when he suited up for H3 Sports in its season opener in the Pilot Rocky Top League opener Wednesday night at Catholic High School. Tarwater, a 2010 Webb School of Knoxville graduate, last played in his hometown shortly after his high school graduation. That was […]

Soak Creek Named Tennessee’s First Scenic River in 15 Years

Soak Creek Named Tennessee’s First Scenic River in 15 Years

Soak Creek, a tributary of the Piney River in East Tennessee, has been named Tennessee’s newest Scenic River – the first designation since 2001. After unanimous bipartisan approval by the State House and Senate, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation adding Soak Creek to the list of 15 state waterways designated as Scenic Rivers. Winding […]

Four weekend events prompt downtown street closures

Four downtown events this weekend are expected to draw large crowds, and motorists are advised of accompanying road closures.   Relay for Life Midnight 5K Run – Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 The Knoxville area annual Relay for Life celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at World’s Fair Park. The festivities […]

Local Before It Was Cool: Pick Tennessee products celebrates 30 years

Local Before It Was Cool: Pick Tennessee products celebrates 30 years

Thirty years ago, Danny Shelton grew cantaloupes and peppers on his farm in New Market, near Knoxville. That’s when he heard the Tennessee Department of Agriculture was launching a brand new program called “Pick Tennessee Products.” The new program would help food growers and makers finds new markets and new marketing strategies to keep their […]

Men’s Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever

Men’s Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever

A Father’s Day Message from Commissioner E. Douglas Varney   In the United States, researchers have calculated that approximately 6 million men suffer from depression each year, and many are reluctant to disclose their mental illness symptoms or seek treatment. It is also estimated that one in four men will be affected by mental illness, […]

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