Doug Harris elected Chairman of Knox County Board of Education

By Sally Absher The Board of Education conducted its annual “reorganization” at the September regular Board meeting last week. Gloria Deathridge nominated Doug Harris (who announced publicly at Monday’s work session he was “throwing his name in the hat” for Chair), and Karen Carson quickly seconded the nomination. Outgoing chair Mike McMillan asked if […]

Dr. Tom Kim’s vision continues to be a light to the world

Annual Golf Tournament benefits Free Medical Clinic   By Richie Beeler For more than two decades Dr. Tom Kim has been providing free medical care for working uninsured individuals in the Knoxville area. In 1993 Dr. Kim opened the Free Medical Clinic of America at 6209 Chapman Highway, personally funding all its costs and providing […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part V

By Ray Hill By 1929, Luke Lea had reached the apex of his political influence in Tennessee.  Lea was the undisputed power behind the throne and no one had more influence in the administration of Governor Henry Horton.  When Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Lawrence D. Tyson, died unexpectedly in August of 1929, Horton immediately […]

From Strawberry Plains to New York City

By Mike Steely Seventeen-year-old Josie Redmond is preparing for a new life. The Carter High School senior will skip her senior year and join the Joffrey Academy of Dance in New York City. Her mother calls the move a “dream of a lifetime.” Nikelle Troutt, Josie’s mother, told The Focus that her daughter has […]

Fulton falls to Maryville in Battle of Champions

By Steve Williams Maryville smacked Fulton in the mouth right at the start, stunning the Falcons and their large turnout of fans, who were on hand for the Battle of Champions. Fulton responded with a punch of its own, letting the Red Rebels quickly know this wasn’t going to be as easy as maybe they […]

TDOT Halts Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways for Labor Day Weekend

  Holiday Travelers Won’t Be Delayed by Road Construction   The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, September 4 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8.  […]


BE PATIENT, PRE-PLAN YOUR OUTING AND STICK TO RECOMMENDED ROUTES   City of Knoxville officials today recommended the best traffic routes to help motorists most easily drive into the University of Tennessee campus area for football games this season, and they also promoted Knoxville Area Transit shuttles as an alternative to driving.   Knoxville Police […]

Legal and Public Notices for August 31, 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 April 29, 2005, executed by MALCOLM JEFFERYS, conveying certain real property therein described to JAMES G. RICKMAN, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Knox County, […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 31, 2015

Replica of Mayberry Sheriff Car at Fountain City Auction By Mike Steely Who doesn’t like Andy Taylor and Barney Fife of Mayberry fame? Both Andy Griffith and Don Knotts are gone now but their fame lives in reruns and in the memories of many, many people. This Friday, September 4, at Fountain City Auction […]

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