Thank you UT Veterinary Medical Center

Pictured at the UT Veterinary Medical Center are (Front row, left to right): Dr. Diane Hendrix, Carol Tuft, Lauren Webb (with Opie), Dawn Hickey, Jamie Stuffle, (back row) Tonya Foster, Dr. Hannah McLean, Ashley Colantoni, Jordan Neely and Dr. Marti Drum. Not pictured are orthopedic surgeons Dr. Kyle Snowdon and Dr. Whitney DeGroot.

Thank you UT Veterinary Medical Center

By Steve Hunley publisher@knoxfocus.com If like me, you have a pet you realize that precious creature is a part of the family. Regular readers of The Focus will recall the frequent mentions of my little Jack Russell terrier, Opie. From the time I saw him, I instantly bonded with him. Naturally, my love for Opie […]

Mega Peddler’s Mart opens in former Kmart on Broadway

Mega Peddler’s Mart opens in former Kmart on Broadway

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “We will be one of the largest antique and vendor malls in America, right here in Knoxville, Tennessee,” said Donald Jenkins. He and his wife, Crissie, have opened Mega Peddler’s Mart of Knoxville in the former Kmart location at 4434 North Broadway in the Northgate Plaza Shopping Center. The Jenkins family […]

Hardy Johnson ‘keeps going’ on 89th birthday

Hardy Johnson ‘keeps going’ on 89th birthday

By Steve Williams Hardy Johnson, longtime shoe cobbler in Fountain City, only stopped working for short periods of time on his 89th birthday last Wednesday. His son Jim, who manages Custom Shoe Rebuilders at 5503 North Broadway St., would normally have been working too, but he had to take his mother-in-law to the doctor. Earlier […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, I

When Two Congressmen Collide, I

By Ray Hill Every ten years legislative and Congressional districts must undergo some changes; redistricting always poses a danger to incumbents.  It is not uncommon for a sitting congressman to run for higher office when faced with the elimination of his district.  Congressman Albert Gore’s district was carved up in 1952, but he was already […]

Young Bobcat squad impressive at camp

Young Bobcat squad impressive at camp

By Steve Williams A young cheerleading squad from Central High, which has 10 freshmen and sophomores combined among its 14 members, returned with numerous awards from a Universal Cheerleading Association camp June 18-20. “We won dance, cheer and the Game Day championship,” said Coach Jackie Raley last week. “And the best thing is we won […]

State wrestling champion Fortner starting over at UTC

State wrestling champion Fortner starting over at UTC

By Steve Williams Hunter “HT” Fortner says he likes hard work. So much, in fact, the Gibbs High graduate left behind a football scholarship offer from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., and became a preferred walk-on in the UT-Chattanooga wrestling program. While waiting a couple of weeks for official scholarship papers to […]

The last years of Gordon Browning, part two

The last years of Gordon Browning, part two

By Ray Hill For three decades Gordon Browning had been a force to be reckoned with in Tennessee politics. Following his disastrous attempt to return to the governorship in 1954, Browning was relegated to the status of senior statesman. First elected to Congress in 1922, Gordon Browning left office thirty years later. Browning belonged to […]

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