By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com   LOOPING THROUGH LONSDALE The neighborhood of Lonsdale has been hopping recently. A prime example of the hustle and bustle would be Saturday, July 27, when the neighborhood was alive with activity. On this day, First Calvary Baptist Church celebrated its 111 years of history with a homecoming, the Lonsdale Park […]

Legal and Public Notices for July 28, 2014

Estate of Kenneth W. Emert Docket Number 75146-1 Notice is hereby given that on the 9th day of July, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate of Kenneth W. Emert who died May 17, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. All persons, […]

Community Input Sought July 29 to Discuss Strategic Plan

Knox County School Board District 5 Representative Karen Carson will host a community input session on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6 p.m., West Valley Middle School (9118 George Williams Road), to discuss the proposed Knox County Schools five-year strategic plan. Anyone in the community is invited to attend and provide input. For more information about […]

The Russell Biven Summer Clayfest Tournament gets ready to “Pull!” for a good cause

On Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, the 2014 Russell Biven Summer Clayfest Tournament will take place at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville, TN.   WBIR’s Russell Biven will host and participate in the event. All proceeds from the tournament benefit mental health, addiction and social services provided by the Helen Ross McNabb Center. […]

Former Titan’s Player Jovan Haye Speaks About Dyslexia

  Jovan Haye played for the National Football League for seven years, including three years with the Tampa Buccaneers and two years with the Tennessee Titans. Only 9 in 10,000 high school senior football players ever play for the NFL.   But first, Haye had to overcome his biggest challenge of all – severe dyslexia. […]

Knoxville Focus for July 28, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Passion, experience provide fuel for incumbent judge By Ken Lay Interpreting the law has become a passion for Judge Harold Wimberly Jr. He’s spent nearly three decades as a Knox County Circuit Court Judge since being appointed by Ned McWherter in the late 1980s. Wimberly, who has since […]


By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Why are Knox County and East Tennessee so “Sevier?” The region can boast  Sevier neighborhoods, Sevierville Highway, the Sevier Homestead, Sevier County, various Sevier Avenues and Streets, Sevier Heights, and Sevier Fuels, just to name a few. You’d think the person that these Sevier places are named for must have signed […]

Ben W. Hooper

Ben W. Hooper

By Ray Hill For years, Ben W. Hooper was the most successful Republican politician in the state of Tennessee, if the measure was the ability to win a statewide election. A fiery and dynamic speaker, Hooper was a successful lawyer, yet he had overcome serious adversity to rise to prominence. In fact, he came into […]

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