Gallegos, CAK product, ready to compete on the next level

Gallegos, CAK product, ready to compete on the next level

By Steve Williams Isaac Gallegos said his No. 1 goal this football season is to win the starting job as place-kicker at Tusculum College. “They recruited some talented kickers and I’m looking forward to competing,” said the former Christian Academy of Knoxville player via e-mail last week. Gallegos, who planned to leave this past Saturday […]

Fulmer discusses suicide prevention at KCS in-service session

Fulmer discusses suicide prevention at KCS in-service session

By Ken Lay The halls and classrooms were largely empty at Farragut High School last week but teachers and administrators were there. They were preparing to welcome students back today. But Tuesday afternoon, the teachers addressed a dark issue confronting students in today’s world as they discussed the growing problem of teenage suicide, an issue […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 31, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for July 31, 2017

School system is serious about safety   By Pete Gawda Knox County Schools mean business when it comes to the safety of students. That fact was apparent at a school safety press conference held Thursday morning at South-Doyle Middle School in preparation for the start of school on August 7. Superintendent of Schools Bob Thomas, […]

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city lost an icon, a leader and beloved senior citizen July 22 when Fountain City’s Alvin Glenn Frye passed away at 93. Alvin Frye was a Navy veteran of both WWI and the Korean War. He was an active member of the Fountain City Lions Club, Knoxville Rotary Club and […]

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The efforts of two teachers and their students led to recognizing a Knoxville hero recently with the dedication of the Mary Francis (Frankie) Housley Bridge just below Gresham Middle School in Fountain City. The Holbrook Drive bridge was named in honor of the Central High School graduate who became an airline […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee Congressman Ewin L. Davis, a veteran of fourteen years, had lost his seat to freshman legislator J. Ridley Mitchell in the 1932 Democratic primary.  Mitchell’s district had been dismembered by the Tennessee General Assembly causing Mitchell to move from Crossville to Cookeville.  Mitchell, remaining the underdog for most of the campaign, […]

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

By Ken Lay Jonathan Smith and Tom Poisal made their first public appearances as Halls High School basketball coaches recently. Both were introduced to fans, players, parents and to the community on Monday, July 24 at a meet and greet at the school. Both replace Randy Moore, who coached both the Red Devils and Lady […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 24, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for July 24, 2017

Remembering Jake Butcher By Ray Hill rayhill865@gmail.com For those wanting an opportunity to bask in the limelight, it would be well to remember the glare burns far more frequently than it shines.  That thought was rekindled yet again in my mind with the passing of Jake Butcher.  Media across Tennessee have recounted Butcher’s public career; […]

Unequal Educational Opportunities

Unequal Educational Opportunities

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education recently extended the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Ordinarily, the board would deserve commendation for such a thing; however, in this instance, they have created an unequal educational opportunity.  By doing so, they have invited scrutiny they cannot bear. From everything I have seen, the IB program […]