Tennessee and American Neutrality, III

Tennessee and American Neutrality, III

By Ray Hill Attempting to purge senators from his own party proved to be President Franklin Roosevelt’s folly. It was certainly true FDR remained the most popular Democrat in the country and he believed the voters would heed his call to eject those Democratic senators whom he targeted as obstructionists. Among those marked for defeat […]

Powell B&P talks upcoming events

Powell B&P talks upcoming events

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The importance of sidewalks in the Powell community and future plans for the walkways is the subject of a public meeting at the Lighthouse Café on Tuesday, April 4. Justin Bailey reminded members of the importance of attending the meeting during the Powell Business and Professional Association meeting Tuesday. Bailey said […]

Perfect tournament run nets title for Admirals

Perfect tournament run nets title for Admirals

By Ken Lay OLIVE BRANCH, Miss — A season of hard work culminated in the ultimate prize for the Farragut High School hockey club. “I’m really proud of the boys. They worked really hard in practice and they’ve worked really hard all year,” Admirals coach Jeff Lindsay said after Farragut claimed the Blue Division High […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 13, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for March 13, 2017

Urgent Care Center gets quick approval By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com What was thought to be the most disputed item before the planning commission Thursday, the approval of the Helen Ross McNabb Behavior Health Urgent Care Center, passed with little debate. Neighborhood homeowners left the meeting talking of appealing the decision to city council. John Zimmerman, […]

Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

By Steve Hunley Earl Hoffmeister passed away last week at 90. Many readers likely knew Earl Hoffmeister personally, as did I. I was one of those who was actually taught by Hoffmeister. Quite a few years ago, I was a student in Earl Hoffmeister’s mechanical drawing/drafting class. It won’t surprise anyone who knew him to […]

Third Creek Civil War Fort Dedicated

Third Creek Civil War Fort Dedicated

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There is one less undiscovered Civil War site in Knoxville. A Third Creek cannon embankment, known as a “Redan,” was discovered about 10 years ago by Dr. Charles Faulkner as he and his wife walked along the greenway there and the site was officially dedicated earlier this month. Many Civil War […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, II

Tennessee and American Neutrality, II

By Ray Hill As President Franklin Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull prepared to approach Congress to revise the Neutrality Act, the opposition in Congress was formidable.  Of course the Roosevelt administration was aided by some equally imposing Congressional allies.  Key Pittman, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was not exactly one of […]

Back When (Part 5)

Back When (Part 5)

The timeline of events as told by the late Woodrow Luttrell is packed full of history.  Words that were  meant to communicate with his family’s younger generations are being shared with Focus readers, giving a rare glimpse of life during the early 1900s. Woodrow Luttrell was born in 1916 in a small, two-story house about […]

GCA holds off Hampton, 64-63, to return to state

Grace Christian Academy players on the court before a packed house at Hampton High in upper East Tennessee. The Road to Murfreesboro from Knoxville sometimes includes detours. The Rams managed to keep rolling with a 64-63 win.

GCA holds off Hampton, 64-63, to return to state

By Steve Williams Ninety minutes before tipoff the gym at Hampton was already loaded. That was the setting Grace Christian Academy’s basketball team would have to deal with in last week’s Class A sectional round in upper East Tennessee. “It was very exciting for the guys to be in that environment again,” said GCA head […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 6, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for March 6, 2017

Board of Education Approves Two Superintendent Candidates By Pete Gawda With little discussion at their meeting on Wednesday evening the Knox County Board of Education readily approved Knox County Assistant Superintendent Bob Thomas and current Hamblen County Superintendent Dale Lynch for consideration for superintendent. But it seems some board members felt there should be a […]