Sergeant Alvin York

Sergeant Alvin York

By Ray Hill There was a time when virtually every Tennessean knew the name of Sergeant Alvin Cullum York. A highly decorated veteran of World War I, a genuine hero and the subject of a wildly popular and celebrated movie of his life, Alvin C. York was perhaps the most famous individual from Tennessee to […]

KC Sheriff’s Department steps up to help Baby Roadrunners

By Ken Lay The Austin-East Baby Roadrunners kicked their 2014 season off with a football camp last week. The camp was a three-day event and was put on with the help of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. The camp is an annual event and the sheriff’s department has been involved for the last decade. The […]

Our Neighborhoods: Historic Parkridge, George Barber

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Parkridge is a historic neighborhood roughly bounded by Hall of Fame Drive, I-40, Cherry Street and Magnolia Avenue. It’s a large, multiracial area of older homes and includes the largest number of George Barber designed homes anywhere. Barber was an early Knoxville architect who had the ingenious idea of developing a […]

Learning fundamentals is fun at Powell youth football camp

By Steve Williams Fundamentals and fun were meshed together in the Powell Youth Football program’s preseason camp for players, ages 7, 8 and 9, on Saturday, July 12. Forty-six youngsters participated in the camp at Levi Park. Volunteer instructors included coaches from the Powell youth program, Powell High players, former Powell High quarterback Hagen Owenby […]

TN Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart to speak July 22

8th District Board of Education member Mike McMillan reports that Representative Harry Brooks has invited Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart to speak on the subject of K-12 state requirements for testing and assessments.   The event will be held Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 pm at the Central High School Auditorium. The public […]

Legal and Public Notices for July 14, 2014

Sale at public auction will be on August 18, 2014 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 VANESSA I MOORE AND MICHAEL MOORE, to WESLEY D. TURNER, Trustee, […]

Knoxville Focus for July 14, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 4: Data Mining By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com A particularly troubling aspect of the RTTT scheme is the emphasis on massive data-collection on students, and the sharing of that data for various purposes essentially unrelated to genuine education. As far back as […]

Take a walk through school history

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are a graduate or teacher from a Knoxville or Knox County school I’ll bet you don’t know about the Knox County Museum of Education. It’s in the Sarah Simpson Professional Development and Technology Center at 801 Tipton Avenue, just a few blocks off Chapman Highway. “Take a Walk Down […]

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: What’s in a name?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Throughout Knox County there are places that we probably know the names of but may not know why. This week The Focus takes a look at the communities and neighborhoods and how or why they got their names. Some are pretty obvious, like Riverdale, Fountain City, Thorn Grove and Strawberry Plains. […]

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

By Ray Hil By the decade of the 1940s, E. H. Crump, master of the Shelby County political machine, completely dominated Tennessee politics in partnership with Senator Kenneth D. McKellar.  Many historians have made the mistake of overestimating Crump’s influence and referred to just about every office holder as a Crump puppet, including Senator McKellar.  […]

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