Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

Senator Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill Unlike many Southern states, Oklahoma did not continuously reelect incumbent United States senators, yet John William Elmer Thomas was one of the longest serving senators from the Sooner State. When he first entered the U.S. Senate, Elmer Thomas could have come straight from central casting; tall, prematurely white haired, with a classic […]

USS Tennessee survivors gather

USS Tennessee survivors gather

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The USS Tennessee floated along Battleship Row, next to the Arizona and the West Virginia, in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. The ship was struck twice by bombs as its crew fought back. But she stayed afloat. After repairs and upgrades the USS Tennessee served out the rest of World […]

The Right Stuff: The KPD Explorer Post

The Right Stuff: The KPD Explorer Post

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com As Chief Rausch handed the Explorer of the Year award to Hayden Marshall on April 22, 2016, he smiled, which was significant because it was the first time he had smiled in days. Before the awards ceremony an impromptu press conference outside the dining hall had taken place with media pressing […]

Mayor Rogero requests $200,000 for Safety Center

Mayor Rogero requests $200,000 for Safety Center

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Although the city may adopt a budget that is 4.5% above this year’s figures there’s no property tax increase proposed for next year. One of the bouts of applause during Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s “State of the City” address Wednesday at Zoo Knoxville came when she announced she is asking […]

Always In Bloom means customer service

Always In Bloom means customer service

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A flower shop doesn’t have to be huge to be successful and Always in Bloom on Sutherland is a great example. Jenny Austin and Leonard Palladino started the business in 2005 and Austin and her employees were busy last week taking orders and preparing centerpieces for a special UT event while […]

Big innings lift Hawks over Heritage 10-1

Big innings lift Hawks over Heritage 10-1

By Ken Lay Two big innings propelled Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball team to a crucial District 4-AAA victory Wednesday night. The Hawks scored five innings in both the third and sixth frames and those big offensive outbursts were enough to net HVA a 10-1 win over Heritage at home. “I think the timing of the […]