OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: Sharp’s Ridge, Oakwood-Lincoln Park

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Bet you didn’t know that probably the best view of Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains is from an often forgotten city park high above the city. Local television and radio stations discovered the peak years ago, and why they chose Sharp’s Ridge for an antenna farm is obvious. At 1,391 feet […]

The Triumph and Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson I

By Ray Hill Woodrow Wilson was the first Democrat to be reelected to a second consecutive term since Andrew Jackson.  He had campaigned on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War” in 1916 and the President faced a serious opponent in the person of Charles Evans Hughes.  Hughes is the only person in American […]


Prosser Road has temporarily reopened and will remain open during the Tennessee Valley Fair, which kicks off on Friday, Sept. 5.   The East Knoxville road, which frequently has been shut down by chronic flooding, is undergoing major road construction work. The City of Knoxville is reconstructing approximately 1,600 feet of Prosser Road between Knoxville […]

Legal and Public Notices for September 2, 2014

75 FORECLOSURES NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEÕS SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated October 26, 2000, executed by JENNIFER L. HASSELL AND JOSEPH W. HASSELL, JR., conveying certain real property therein described to RONALD J. COFFMAN OF KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE, as Trustee, […]

Knoxville Focus for September 2, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. John Fugate selected interim BOE member By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A Fountain City bank vice-president and former school principal was selected last Monday in a much divided vote to become the interim school board member until the November General Election. John Fugate, II, vice-president of Commercial Bank and […]

Publisher’s Position: There Are Plenty of Puppets To Go Around

By Steve Hunley A hit dog always howls. The recent appointment of John Fugate to the Knox County Board of Education caused some howling from a few County Commissioners, most notably Sam McKenzie and Amy Broyles. Broyles was backing Rick Staples, a failed candidate in the recent City Council elections and a known Democrat. The […]

Our Neighborhoods: Pond Gap

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Each week The Focus has been looking at various neighborhoods in Knoxville and Knox County or the organizations, structures, or people who have made our community what it is today. If you have an idea for a neighborhood story you can email me.   Wedged between the Marble City, Bearden and […]

Dr. Knierim offers specialized treatment

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Kristin Knierim didn’t start out to be an orthodontist; she was thinking of becoming a veterinarian or a researcher. She was raised in Knoxville and attended Knoxville Catholic High School. “I thought about becoming a veterinarian and also thought about my love of English and in research,” she said. “But I […]

Strong second half nets draw for Bearden

By Ken Lay Bearden High School’s young girls soccer team went through some growing pains Thursday night. The Lady Bulldogs, however, did enough to salvage a 3-3 tie against Clarksville in the opening round of the Bearden Invitational. The Lady Bulldogs, who were playing their first game nearly two weeks, fell behind early but turned […]

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