Sultana descendants to gather

Sultana descendants to gather

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The riverboat was built for about 376 passengers but, because the captain was being paid for each passenger he could carry, the Sultana was packed with more than 2,000 people on its final voyage. Most of the passengers were Union soldiers returning from the Civil War or from Confederate prison camps. […]

The Man From Wyoming: Senator Joseph C. O’Mahoney

The Man From Wyoming: Senator Joseph C. O’Mahoney

By Ray Hill Wyoming today is dominated by Republicans, but during the height of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, perhaps the most popular politician in the state was a Democrat: Joseph Christopher O’Mahoney. Like the state he represented in the United States Senate, O’Mahoney prided himself on his independence. The Wyoming senator was perhaps the […]

Franklin Family comes together as boxing officials

By Ken Lay Boxing has always been a family affair for Kevin Franklin and his wife Angel. The couple has two daughters, Kevina and Joy, who are also involved in Georgia’s Golden Gloves amateur boxing program. Kevin and Kevina were both referees in the recent Southern Golden Gloves Regional Open Division Championships at the Ace […]

Georgia captures regional boxing title in Knoxville

Georgia captures regional boxing title in Knoxville

By Ken Lay Team Georgia continued its recent dominance in the Open Division of the Southern Golden Gloves Championships at Ace Miller Golden Gloves Arena on Saturday, April 9. Team Georgia, which had two athletes get a free pass in the southern regionals because they were unopposed, have seven boxers fighting for titles and berths […]

Farragut’s clutch effort too much for Bulldogs 4-1

Farragut’s clutch effort too much for Bulldogs 4-1

By Ken Lay Clutch hitting and solid pitching helped the Farragut High School baseball team avenge its lone District 4-AAA loss Tuesday night. “We got some two-out hits tonight and we didn’t get those hits the first time we played them,” Admirals coach Matt Buckner said after his squad notched a 4-1 district victory over […]

Harmony and Hymns III

Jeannette Thomas and Joyce Clark preparing for a mission trip to Appalachia, courtesy of David and Melba Hill

Harmony and Hymns III

By Ralphine Major Margie and Walter Maples shared one experience that stands out in TOTS’ memory when they participated in one of the Appalachian Enterprise mission trips to needy areas led by Mrs. Jeannette Thomas. This particular two-day mission was to a small church in the coal mining area of West Virginia. Somehow, communications with […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

Buzz Thomas Appointed Interim Superintendent By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the Board of Education approved Oliver “Buzz” Thomas to be the Interim Superintendent of Knox County Schools. Thomas currently serves as President of Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit organization best known for expanding the Community Schools Initiative begun at Pond Gap Elementary by UT’s […]