Cordell Hull Almost Came Home

Cordell Hull Almost Came Home

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull, remembered as the longest serving Secretary of State in the country’s history, almost abbreviated his service due to his unhappiness inside President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Cabinet.  Frequently feeling ignored, if not actually humiliated by a president who preferred guiding U. S. foreign policy himself, Hull began thinking of returning home […]

Sterchi Mansion and the Fragile 15 list

Sterchi Mansion and the Fragile 15 list

By Mike Steely A note on the door warns people to keep out of the historic old mansion which stands empty, overgrown, and possibly abandoned. The Sterchi Mansion, also known as Strafford Hall, was built in 1910 by the Sterchi family and was once part of more than 300 acres that included a dairy […]

13th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament in June

13th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament in June

By Mike Steely The Wesley House is celebrating serving the community for one hundred and ten years this year and is looking forward to the 13th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament coming in June. Tim Adams, Executive Director, spoke with The Knoxville Focus last week about the upcoming tournament and the history of the […]

Legal and public notices for the week of May 22, 2017

  SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   Sale at public auction will be on June 13, 2017 on or about 10:00AM 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 PHILLIP H. BARBER, to TITLE ENTERPRISES, […]

tnAchieves’ State of Tennessee Promise Community Tour

tnAchieves, the partnering organization that administers Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise scholarship program in 84 counties, invites community members to attend the State of Tennessee Promise community tour beginning on May 22, 2017 and continuing through August 10, 2017.   tnAchieves will host community meetings in each of the 84 counties it serves. The purpose of […]

Chief Justices of Six States Sign a Charter to Further the Work of the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative

Six state court chief justices recently signed a charter in support of the Regional Opioid Initiative (RJOI), which has developed an action plan with strategies to combat the growing opioid epidemic. The RJOI’s founding states include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.  America’s opioid epidemic is a nationwide problem, but the impact in this […]

Community event to offer one-stop sampling of Jewish cuisine

You might be familiar with bagels and lox, or challah bread. But what about shakshuka or mandlebrot?   On June 4, the greater Knoxville community will have a chance to try both of these Jewish foods, and many more, at the “Knoshville” Jewish Food Festival. (The event’s name is a play on the Yiddish word […]

Downtown to be bustling on Saturday; anticipate street closures to accommodate special events

  Upwards of 20,000 biscuit aficionados will convene downtown Saturday for the world-famous International Biscuit Festival. Thousands more book lovers and barbecue enthusiasts will fill both lawns of World’s Fair Park. The Market Square Farmers’ Market will be in full swing as well. Needless to say, downtown will be hopping on Saturday – with some […]

Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading TOMORROW

World’s Fair Park will be all abuzz with storybook characters, authors, illustrators, storytellers, musicians, and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for the 13th annual Children’s Festival of Reading.   Hosted by Knox County Public Library to kick off its summer reading programs, the free event will feature classic storybook […]

19th Annual Greenbrier Barn Party Raises $166,000 for National Park

KODAK, TN – Friends of the Smokies hosted more than 450 guests at the 19th annual Greenbrier Barn Party on Friday, May 12th. The fundraising event featured live and silent auctions raising $166,205 this year in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   The Greenbrier Barn Party was co-hosted by Coach Phillip & Vicky […]

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