The Knoxville Focus for September 26, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 26, 2016

McMillan Decides Not To Seek Board Chairmanship By Focus Staff Mike McMillan has announced he will not continue to seek the chairmanship of the Knox County Board of Education.  A former Chair of the Board, McMillan and Sixth District Board member Terry Hill deadlocked earlier this month 4-4 with one member absent. McMillan served as […]

Senator McKellar & The TVA

Senator McKellar & The TVA

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar’s reputation has suffered through the years largely due to his feud with David E. Lilienthal. Lilienthal was one of the original Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Like all of Kenneth McKellar’s feuds, it was a no holds barred affair and his hatred of Lilienthal became something of […]

Hispanic Heritage Month underway

Hispanic Heritage Month underway

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “Bueno Dias, y’all,” the minister said before leading the devotional during the kickoff of the Hora Latina-sponsored Ho La Festival in Knoxville. Pastor Melvin Colon was addressing a breakfast at the Knoxville Museum of Art and the humor in his greeting was recognized and appreciated in the crowd of city and […]

Betty’s Florist, The Flower Pot take it personally

Betty’s Florist, The Flower Pot take it personally

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “We take it personally, just like the flowers were coming from us,” says Emily Campen. She and her sister, Mary Beth Cary-Reagan, own three florist’s shops in the Knoxville area and take a personal approach in preparing flower arrangements for you. Betty’s Florist, at 8205 Chapman Highway, has more than 30 […]

Martin and Mavericks pull away for 71-43 win

Martin and Mavericks pull away for 71-43 win

By Steve Williams Sophomore quarterbacks Stanton Martin of Anderson County and Clinton’s Luke Harrison play on the same AAU basketball team, so maybe it was fitting their football teams put up a basketball-like score when they played each other Friday night. The host Mavericks pulled away from Clinton with a fourth quarter stampede. Twenty-eight points […]

Gryphons enjoy their stay at district championships

Gryphons enjoy their stay at district championships

By Ken Lay The L&N STEM Academy golf teams had a big day at last week’s District 2-A/AA Tournament at Ruggles Ferry. The Gryphons left the par-72 Strawberry Plains golf course as district champions while the Lady Gryphons finished third in the tournament and qualified for today’s (Sept. 26) Region 1-A/AA Tournament as a team […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 19, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 19, 2016

Kroger Marketplace opens in Powell By Ken Lay The sounds of drums thundered through the air on a humid Wednesday morning in East Tennessee’s oldest community last week. Drumlines from rival Emory Road high schools, Powell and Halls, provided a festive atmosphere while area shoppers filtered in an out of Powell’s newest store. A new […]

Forum solicits suggestions on potential superintendent

Forum solicits suggestions on potential superintendent

By Ken Lay Interim Knox County Schools Superintendent Buzz Thomas makes it no secret that he wants the community involved in the process to find his replacement. He and some members of the board of education hosted a public forum to seek some public input on the matter at Central High School Thursday night. And […]

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill “A college boy cannot successfully go through life by graduating in football, baseball or highballs, for the responsibilities of life are not ball-bearing.” – William H. Murray William H. Murray is almost invariably described as Oklahoma’s most colorful political figure.  Considering he went out of office in 1935, that is saying something.  […]

Visiting the World Trade Center

Visiting the World Trade Center

By Mike Steely Did you know that  it’s quicker to fly from Knoxville to New York than to drive from here to Bristol or Nashville? Yep, in just less than two hours you’re there and what a change of cultures. My wife and I recently spent six days in New York City, the first time […]

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