Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric III

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric III

By Ray Hill Disappointed by his failure to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Dr. John R. Neal continued to be the Volunteer State’s political gadfly extraordinaire. John R. Neal ran for the United States Senate eighteen times, governor nine times and the U. S. House of Representatives once. […]

‘Bats and Bones’ draws huge crowd

‘Bats and Bones’ draws huge crowd

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were more people than there were chairs Tuesday when two experts talked about “Bats and Bones” in Cherokee Caverns on Oak Ridge Highway.  Cave manager and noted spelunker Jim Whidby was joined by forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass. Before the presentation the temperature outside was muggy and in the 80s, […]

Finally, a season Maybrier could have and cherish

Finally, a season Maybrier could have and cherish

By Steve Williams For the first time in her high school career, Bailey Maybrier got to play an injury-free soccer season as a senior last fall. And she made the most of it. Maybrier set school records for goals scored (32) and goals and assists combined (46) as Central’s offensive player of the year, helping […]

Board of education surpluses lot for proposed Lonsdale center

Board of education surpluses lot for proposed Lonsdale center

By Pete Gawda At a rather lengthy Knox County Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, board members, other government officials, interested citizens and parents expressed their opinions on discipline policies, the proposed Lonsdale youth recreation facility, school rezoning and transgender issues. The board apparently had second thoughts about changes to school system policies on discipline. […]

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric II

Dr. John R. Neal:  Tennessee’s Eccentric II

By Ray Hill Dr. John Randolph Neal had some solid achievements under his belt, both as a state legislator and educator, yet there was growing dissatisfaction at the University of Tennessee.  That dissatisfaction seemed to be confined largely to administrators, as Dr. Neal was apparently quite popular with his students.  By 1923, those same administrators […]

Building on the skeleton of South High School

Building on the skeleton of South High School

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Old South High School is a landmark of South Knoxville. The skeleton of the huge brick structure sits next to the Sarah Simpson Professional Development and Technology Center which houses the Knox County Museum of Education. On the walls of the museum are two glass cases with South High School mementos, […]

Galyon uses sports to spread faith, fun at area camp

Galyon uses sports to spread faith, fun at area camp

By Ken Lay When Scott Galyon’s NFL career ended in 2002, he decided to go into pharmaceutical sales. He was one of many former athletes to find employment in that line of work. But he quickly discovered that sales wasn’t his calling. “A lot of former athletes do that,” said Galyon, a Seymour High School […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

Jack Huddleston Day By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The turnout Friday to honor former commissioner and community advocate Jack Huddleston was a gathering of “Who’s Who” of Knox County elected officials. Burchett organized the effort and dozens of current and former officials gathered at Harbison Crossroads at Emory Road and Tazewell Pike to thank Huddleston for […]