Senator McKellar & the Fracas on the Senate Floor

By Ray Hill There are several stories told about Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, some of which have become legend.  Perhaps the most frequently told story is that of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asking McKellar if the Tennessean could hide $2 billion in the budget, which was the origin of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  […]

Why is Powell So Special?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Powell Community, that little town just north of Knoxville and between Clinton Highway and Interstate 75, holds a special place in our area’s history. Powell stretches from the ridge south of the Walmart Shopping Center on Clinton Highway north to the Anderson County line. It’s in the county, not the […]

Alcoa notches special shutout against CAK in state title quest

By Steve Williams That wasn’t a speed bump Christian Academy of Knoxville’s football team hit Friday night on the Road to Cookeville. It was a full-fledged roadblock. Alcoa and its mighty defense stopped the Warriors and in the process accomplished something no other team has ever done, including Alcoa teams before it, and that’s shut […]

Legal and Public Notices for November 16, 2015

    NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated August 23, 2006, executed by TONI AKROUSH, OSAMA AN AKROUSH, conveying certain real property therein described to PRE-FERRED ESCROW & TITLE LLC, as Trustee, as same appears of […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 16, 2015

Carson Dailey kicks off campaign for County Commission By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Carson Dailey, a South Knox County leader and vice chairman of the Board of Zoning and Appeals, kicked off his campaign for the District 9 County Commission seat Thursday evening at the Candora Marble Works in Vestal.  Attending were current 9th District Commissioner […]

2015 Graduation Rates, ACT Scores for Knox County

By Sally Absher The banner at the top of the Knox County Schools website proclaims “Tennessee State Report Card Reveals Knox County Schools Achieves 90% High School Graduation Rate.” Admittedly, that is an improvement over the KCS graduation of 79.3% in 2008, and the graduation rate has been creeping up for the past three years […]

Angelic Ministries serves families in need

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Tuesdays and Wednesdays are busy in the old building. On each of those days, 25 or so families file in to receive everything from diapers and canned food to clothing, dishes, and just about anything it takes to set up a household. Those attending include grandparents, parents, children and other family […]

Thetus W. Sims of Tennessee

By Ray Hill For twenty-four years, Thetus W. Sims served West Tennessee as a member of Congress. Now almost entirely forgotten, he is a figure from a distant past. In fact, before his career was over, Sims was already becoming an antiquated figure, which helped to usher him out of office. Sims had been superintendent […]

CAK rolls 48-19, but Alcoa stands in Warriors’ way

By Steve Williams Christian Academy of Knoxville has earned another shot at Alcoa. The Warriors rolled to a 48-19 win at Elizabethton in TSSAA second-round playoff action Friday night and will meet the Tornadoes again this week in Alcoa. “It was a great win for our program, beating a good Elizabethton team,” said CAK head […]

Rain can’t dampen enthusiasm at ribbon cutting

By Ken Lay A little rain couldn’t dampen the festivities at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Emerald Youth Foundation Sansom Sports Complex. The facility has been open since April and has already hosted the KIL Girls Soccer Jamboree, Eric Berry’s annual youth football camp and is home to the Knoxville Force and Lady Force […]

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