Severance named Second Congressional District Stateswoman of the Year

Severance named Second Congressional District Stateswoman of the Year

By Tasha Mahurin “I am both humbled and honored to be selected as the Stateswoman of the Year from the Second Congressional District by my Congressman, John J. (Jimmy) Duncan,” Phyllis Severance told the Focus. Severance graduated from East High School in Knoxville, and she then attended the University of Tennessee. She met and […]

Former tennis player, coach, and teacher is still a fan of the game he loves

Former tennis player, coach, and teacher is still a fan of the game he loves

By Steve Williams Louis Royal enjoys talking tennis. The former University of Tennessee player and head coach and longtime teacher of the game has many stories. It was also around this time of the year, summertime, that many of his memories were made. Englishman Andy Murray’s recent Wimbledon championship led to Royal recalling one of […]

Sentinel Lack of Focus on Facts Infuriates Commissioner Briggs

Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs, an announced opponent in next year’s Republican primary against State Senator Stacey Campfield, called Knoxville Focus publisher Steve Hunley saying he was “furious” about having been “misquoted” in an article appearing in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Listen to Commissioner Briggs’s voice mail message here. Senator Campfield complained citizens were being harassed by repeated […]

GSP Adds Operations Chief to Oversee Recent Expansion

The Great Schools Partnership is pleased to announce that Stephanie Welch has been hired to oversee the expansion of their Community Schools initiative. Ms. Welch is the Director of Community Development and Planning for the Knox County Health Department and a Major in the U. S. Army Reserve. In these capacities, she has had extensive […]


The Tennessee Theatre and its Executive Director Tom Cervone recently welcomed four members of the United Kingdom Cinema Theatre Association, an organization of movie theatre enthusiasts from London. The group traveled to the United States for the 2013 Theatre Historical Society of America Conclave, a four-day conference and tour of historic movie palaces in New […]

'Meet Your Seats' At Neyland On Thurs.

With the 2013 football season right around the corner, Tennessee Athletics invites fans to “Meet Your Seats” at Neyland Stadium on Thursday, July 11. Fans will have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at available seats in Neyland Stadium and have the chance to purchase 2013 season tickets with home games including Georgia, South Carolina […]

Knoxville-Knox County safety center task force to meet

Who: Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, Knox County Sheriff, Randy Nichols, Knox County District Attorney General, Hon. Patricia Hall Long, General Sessions Criminal Judge, Dean Rice, Chief of Staff, Knox County (co-chair), Bill Lyons, Chief Policy Officer, City of Knoxville (co-chair), Charles Burks, Attorney, Justice, Noel & Burks, David Rausch, Knoxville Police Chief, Mark Brown, General Sessions Judicial Magistrate, Dr. Roger Noe, Professor Emeritus, UT College […]