Finally, a golden moment for Bearden basketball

PHOTO BY LUTHER SIMMONS Bearden's Trent Stephney soars high for a shot against Memphis East in Saturday's TSSAA Class AAA state title game.

Finally, a golden moment for Bearden basketball

By Steve Williams The third time was the charm. Playing in the TSSAA state tournament for the third year in a row, Bearden loaded its first gold basketball in school history for the trip back to Knoxville. Coach Jeremy Parrott’s talented and veteran Bulldogs took Memphis East’s best shot and then toppled the Mustangs 83-68 […]

$15M added to city budget includes Safe Place at Broadway bridge

Members of West Hills and Timbercrest neighborhoods join UT staff and city officials to be recognized as a Healthier Tennessee Community. The group is the first in the state to be so recognized by the governor for adopting better nutrition standards and the signs will appear along the streets indicating the neighborhoods and UT have been so recognized. (Photo by Mike Steely)

$15M added to city budget includes Safe Place at Broadway bridge

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville Finance Director Jim York told the City Council Tuesday that $15,155,694 is needed in new and shifted money for several projects. His request was approved on first reading after he explained the money will go to three categories in the city budget: housekeeping items, quasi-housekeeping changes and other items. He […]

Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

By Ray Hill Samuel Watkins Overton, Jr. came from one of Tennessee’s most prominent families; Overton was the great-great grandson of Judge John Overton, a contemporary of General Andrew Jackson and the founder of Memphis. Overton joined the law firm founded by Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1922. An aristocrat by Tennessee standards, Watkins Overton […]

Wright: Fulton looks ‘tougher’ in semifinal win

Wright: Fulton looks ‘tougher’ in semifinal win

By Steve Williams Fulton was wide awake for a 10 o’clock tipoff in the Class AA semifinals Friday morning in Murfreesboro and built a 13-point lead in the first half of its 66-55 win over East Nashville Magnet School in the TSSAA state basketball tournament. “I liked what I saw in the first half,” said […]

Attorney Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. passes away

Attorney Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. passes away

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Our region has lost one of its leaders with the passing of Arthur Seymour, Jr., well-known attorney and community leader. Seymour passed away after a battle with cancer at age 74 on March 11. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Gentry Griffey […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 11, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for March 11, 2019

McMillan Proven Right Career Magnet Academy Enrollment Doubles By Focus Staff Mike McMillan, East Knox County’s member of the board of education, led the fight to keep the Career Magnet Academy open.  McMillan vehemently resisted efforts by the school administration to close the doors of the CMA, accusing the school system of “never having properly […]

Governor Lee hits a home run

Governor Lee hits a home run

By Steve Hunley After forty-five days as governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee made his first State of the State address at the Capitol last Monday night.    Governor Lee brought legislators and guests to their feet some twenty times and his message throughout the evening was positive.   In fact, I suspect some who had classified the […]

Morning Pointe celebrates grand opening of new Knoxville facility

Morning Pointe celebrates grand opening of new Knoxville facility

  By Ken Lay Knoxville’s newest assisted living community celebrated its grand opening late last week. Morning Pointe Knoxville had a dinner, open house and ribbon-cutting Thursday night.  It’s located at 9649 Westland Drive, adjacent to Shoreline Church in the Hardin Valley Community. Morning Pointe also has east Tennessee locations in Powell, Lenoir City, Clinton, […]

The Last Years of Lawrence D. Tyson, IV

The Last Years of Lawrence D. Tyson, IV

By Ray Hill Lawrence Davis Tyson had been elected to the United States Senate to represent Tennessee in 1924. To get to the Senate, Tyson defeated a two-term incumbent and a respected former justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. L. D. Tyson had won the general election easily and settled comfortably in the Senate. One […]

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