Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

By Steve Hunley Most folks are aware that the Knox County Board of Education has been dithering about whether or not to sue the State of Tennessee, along with the three other big urban counties – – – Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton. Shelby and Hamilton have apparently already voted to sue the state over the […]

City honors KAT Drivers

By Focus Staff The City of Knoxville recognized “Transit Driver Appreciation Day” on last Wednesday at Knoxville Station’s bus platform. Mayor Madeline Rogero proclaimed March 18th as “Knoxville Area Transit Driver Appreciation Day” in Knoxville. She honored two of KAT’s bus operators, Belinda Wimes and Donnie Collins, as representatives of the 150-plus operators that maneuver […]

Louisiana’s Kingfish: Huey Long’s Rise to Power

By Ray Hill Huey Long’s rise to power began with his election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.  He ran a surprisingly strong race for the gubernatorial nomination in 1924 when only thirty years old, but lost to Henry Fuqua.  Governor Fuqua died two years into his four-year term, leaving O. H. Simpson as Louisiana’s […]

Budding female player helps EKAA boys win title

By Steve Williams Attention, Holly Warlick. Maurice Clark had a girl on his undefeated East Knoxville Athletic Association 8-under basketball team this season who he says warrants keeping tabs on. Warlick, Tennessee’s coach, might want to make a note of that. Iryana Muckle was the only female on the Heat, which held off Powell 25-22 […]

Powell gets ‘confidence booster’ with win

By Ken Lay Powell High School baseball coach Jay Scarbro finally saw his squad put it all together Wednesday night and the result was a second victory in as many days for the Panthers. “Tonight, we were finally able to get some clutch hits,” Scarbro said after Powell notched a 7-3 victory over Greeneville at […]

Public Notices for March 16, 2015

75 FORECLOSURES SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on April 27, 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 TIMOTHY E GARDNER AND HEATHER L […]

Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African Queen,” and at the end I watched the credits and saw that Knoxville’s James Agee wrote the screenplay. I thought, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” […]

Knoxville Focus for March 16, 2015

    Broadway, I-640 plans detailed By Mike Steely The Tennessee Department of Transportation has big plans to rework an area of Broadway north of I-640 over the next couple of years and most Fountain City residents seem pleased. Most, but not all. The homeowners along Greenway Drive and those streets between Greenway and […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

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