Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

By Steve Hunley Earl Hoffmeister passed away last week at 90. Many readers likely knew Earl Hoffmeister personally, as did I. I was one of those who was actually taught by Hoffmeister. Quite a few years ago, I was a student in Earl Hoffmeister’s mechanical drawing/drafting class. It won’t surprise anyone who knew him to […]

Third Creek Civil War Fort Dedicated

Third Creek Civil War Fort Dedicated

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There is one less undiscovered Civil War site in Knoxville. A Third Creek cannon embankment, known as a “Redan,” was discovered about 10 years ago by Dr. Charles Faulkner as he and his wife walked along the greenway there and the site was officially dedicated earlier this month. Many Civil War […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, II

Tennessee and American Neutrality, II

By Ray Hill As President Franklin Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull prepared to approach Congress to revise the Neutrality Act, the opposition in Congress was formidable.  Of course the Roosevelt administration was aided by some equally imposing Congressional allies.  Key Pittman, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was not exactly one of […]

Back When (Part 5)

Back When (Part 5)

The timeline of events as told by the late Woodrow Luttrell is packed full of history.  Words that were  meant to communicate with his family’s younger generations are being shared with Focus readers, giving a rare glimpse of life during the early 1900s. Woodrow Luttrell was born in 1916 in a small, two-story house about […]

GCA holds off Hampton, 64-63, to return to state

Grace Christian Academy players on the court before a packed house at Hampton High in upper East Tennessee. The Road to Murfreesboro from Knoxville sometimes includes detours. The Rams managed to keep rolling with a 64-63 win.

GCA holds off Hampton, 64-63, to return to state

By Steve Williams Ninety minutes before tipoff the gym at Hampton was already loaded. That was the setting Grace Christian Academy’s basketball team would have to deal with in last week’s Class A sectional round in upper East Tennessee. “It was very exciting for the guys to be in that environment again,” said GCA head […]

Registration Now Open For Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum

  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will host the Greenways and Trails Forum at Montgomery Bell State Park on May 3-5. This bi-annual event is a three-day educational workshop and networking conference for parks and recreation professionals, local officials and aspiring outdoor recreation professionals.   Hosted by TDEC’s Recreation Educational Services Division […]

Knox Democrats set to reorganize

By Mike Steely Knox County Democrats will be meeting through the 21st ahead of their Biennial Reorganization Convention on Saturday, March 25 at the CWA Union Hall. The Democrats will be losing their chairman, Cameron Brooks, who was appointed to the Knox County Election Commission. The upcoming convention will see the election of party leaders […]

Hydrolunteer Spirit? UT Student Group Helps Keep East Tennessee Clean

The Vol Navy has been a key University of Tennessee, Knoxville, tradition for more than 50 years, brightening up the Tennessee River waterfront during home football weekends. Now a different kind of Volunteer spirit is taking care of the water upon which the boats rely. The “Hyrdolunteers” were formed in 2015 as a way for […]

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