William E. Borah: The Lion of Idaho

William E. Borah: The Lion of Idaho

By Ray Hill William Edgar Borah was one of the most celebrated members of the United States Senate during his time.  Enormously popular in his state of Idaho, Borah was an impressive orator, regularly filling the Senate galleries when he spoke and his speeches were unusual in that his oratory could move colleagues to actually […]

Q&A with Frank Nicely

Q&A with Frank Nicely

Frank S. Nicely serves in the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 17 which encompasses parts of Knox County and the majority of Jefferson county. Questions were asked by Focus writer Tasha Mahurin. 1.             Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, you were among the first to address the need for […]

TKA Cheerleaders Honor U.S. Veterans

TKA Cheerleaders Honor U.S. Veterans

Cheerleaders from The King’s Academy raised funds to purchase 101 wreaths for veterans of United States armed forces.  Then, as part of a nationwide effort called Wreaths Across America, the eleven middle school and high school girls helped place 200 wreaths on the graves at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway […]

Knox County Democrats Party…Night and Day!

The Knox County Democratic Party held their monthly “First Friday” night time social event this past week.  The event is a friendly party which builds camaraderie among the Democratic faithful. Snacks and drinks are provided. This month attendance was a little smaller than most because many Democrats were busy getting ready for newly elected State […]

The Current Knox County Government Hiring Situation

One is the loneliest number.  Quite often companies and government hold off hiring at the end of the year to avoid filling out multiple layers of paperwork involving taxes. Also with many vacations being taken, the amount of people available to train new employees is limited. So today when I reviewed the job openings for […]

Losing 70,000 fake friends…

Dan Andrews reporting… A while back I wrote an article about the shady world of buying Twitter followers. To read it click here… At the time, I wrote how I had purchased over a 100,000 followers on Twitter that are fake. My total at one point was as high as 130,000 followers. Well, when I […]

The Boyd Cloud Saturday Morning Democratic Club upcoming meeting

The following is information sent from “The Boyd Cloud Saturday Morning Democratic Club.”   The Boyd Cloud Saturday Morning Democratic Club will meet Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at Shoney’s on Western Avenue. We have a great program planned. On December 17, Mayor Rogero penned a letter in which she “paused” and “reflected” on the […]

Knoxville Zoo rewards visitors with recycling program

Knoxville, Tenn.— This January, get rewarded for recycling! Bring your outdated phone book to the zoo for recycling and get a great deal on zoo admission, thanks to the annual partnership between YP® and Knoxville Zoo. Now through Jan. 31, 2013, visitors can present an outdated phone book for recycling at the zoo’s ticket window […]

South Knoxville City Council and the Great James White Debate

Rumors began circulating a few weeks ago that former Knox County Commissioner Paul Pinkston was considering a run against Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis for the District 1 City Council seat. The Focus caught up with Paul this afternoon, who informed us that he does not have plans to challenge Pavlis for the seat. During the […]

Vols' OL Dallas Thomas Invited To 2013 Senior Bowl

Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas has been invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl. The All-American lineman will be the 119th Vol to play in the prestigious game on Jan. 26, 2013 in Mobile, Ala. The game from Ladd-Pebbles Stadium will be televised on the NFL Network. Thomas has been honored as a third-team All-American by […]