Tennessee And FDR’s Court Packing Plan, I

By Ray Hill   February 5, 1937 was a Friday and President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly announced his intention to ask Congress to enlarge the United States Supreme Court.  Roosevelt was fresh from a smashing reelection campaign in 1936, which saw the president carry every state in the union, save for Maine and Vermont.  The […]

EKAA Runners come out ‘hitting’ and win championship

By Steve Williams The East Knoxville Athletic Association Runners’ 10U Minor Pee Wee football team was ready right from the start – on offense and defense – in its AFC division championship game against Carter. On their first offensive play of the game, running back Marquis Billingsley bounced around the right side of the line […]

Sam’s Club pitches in to help South Knox Elementary

By Ken Lay It was a day for celebration for South Knoxville Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 26 as students, faculty and staff were rewarded for their work by Sam’s Club. The East Knoxville Sam’s Club location awarded the school with a $50 gift card and Sam’s Club Marketing Team Lead Debbie Hardin was pleased […]

Legal & Public Notices for Monday, October 26, 2015

  SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   Sale at public auction will be on November 17, 2015 on or about 11:00AM local time, at the North door, Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted by the Substitute Trustee as identified and set forth herein below, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by ANGELA R STEWART, to T. LARRY […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 26, 2015

Tony Norman Kicks Off School Board Campaign By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Tony Norman kicked off his campaign for the Third District seat on the Knox County Board of Education last week, with a reception Thursday evening at the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn. In announcing his candidacy, Norman said, “As you know, the past few years […]

Let’s Make A Deal…With Iran?

By Steve Hunley There’s been a lot written and said about the proposed deal with the government of Iran.  Clearly, this particular deal is going to have serious repercussions for decades to come.  It is also clear there aren’t enough votes in the U. S. Senate to override President Obama’s expected veto of the Republican-sponsored […]

Regal Cinema relocation a done deal

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Speaking from the rooftop parking area overlooking the office building of the former Baptist Hospital Friday afternoon, Governor Bill Haslam gave an idea of the state’s contribution and support of the move of Regal Cinema’s national headquarters from Halls to the site just across the Henley Street Bridge. The state […]

Senator McKellar’s Homecoming, 1946

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar turned seventy-seven years old in January of 1946.  He had been in Congress since 1911 and in the Senate since 1917.  It was clear McKellar was aging and there had been some thought the old Tennessean would retire.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt had summoned E. H. Crump, leader […]

Staples credited with bringing TSU band to A-E homecoming

By Steve Williams Tennessee State University’s world-renowned Aristocrat of Bands made Austin-East High School’s 2015 homecoming a special one Friday, and Rick Staples made it happen, according to longtime A-E band director Dorothy Brice. “He talked to me back in late August and said, ‘I got a vision and I want to do this,’ and […]

Beware! There’s a haunted bank in Fountain City

By Steve Williams When Kimberly Clapp joined the staff of the Commercial Bank in Fountain City this past summer, the financial institution obtained not only a new teller/CSR (customer service representative) but a fun-loving holiday decorator. For starters, she has turned the stately, two-story building across from Fountain City Park into somewhat of a haunted […]

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