The Knoxville Focus for February 8, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for February 8, 2016

  Safety Center talks begin again By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When a mentally ill person is arrested in Knox County, the suspect is taken to jail and housed with other inmates prior to trial. The sheriff’s department has estimated that at least 25% of the inmates are in those categories and the housing and upkeep […]

John W. Bricker of Ohio

John W. Bricker of Ohio

By Ray Hill Few politicians have a career as successful as that of John William Bricker of Ohio; state attorney general (an elected position in Ohio), three times governor and twice United States senator. Bricker came from very humble beginnings, born on September 6, 1893, along with a twin sister, in Madison County, Ohio.  Handsome […]

Clinton runs past Lady Bobcats 50-26

Clinton runs past Lady Bobcats 50-26

  By Ken Lay When Clinton High School’s girls basketball team lost to Central in a holiday tournament in December, Lady Dragons coach Alicia Phillips decided that it was time to make some changes. “We’ve changed the way that we run our offense since Christmas time,” Phillips said after Clinton shook off a lethargic start […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 1, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for February 1, 2016

Candidate forum draws crowd By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission candidate forum Thursday evening at the Emporium on Gay Street drew a sizable crowd to hear those people with primary opposition speak. Candidates with no opposition in their Republican or Democratic Primary did not appear. The event, sponsored by the League of Women […]

Establishment Politics

Establishment Politics

  By Steve Hunley If you ever want to know what the business elite and political establishment think, simply read the News Sentinel.  The Chamber of Commerce types, business elite and powers that be are waging a furious assault to drive Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong out of office.  They’ve tried several different […]

Revisiting Bearden

Revisiting Bearden

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are new to Knoxville you’ve probably familiar with Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike, the one-in-the-same street that runs from downtown all the way to Farragut and on to Loudon County. Driving west from downtown, past the churches and stately homes in the Sequoyah Hills  neighborhood, you’ll enter Bearden as […]

Arthur Capper of Kansas

Arthur Capper of Kansas

By Ray Hill “If you trust the people, they will trust you.” Arthur Capper Before there was Bob Dole, there was Arthur Capper. Capper was the most successful politician in Kansas for decades. Of the many campaigns he waged, he lost only one. He served two terms as governor and served in the United States […]

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