How Knox County places were named

How Knox County places were named

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you’re new to Knox County or a native-born resident you may have wondered about place names and how the names were chosen. There is some confusion over some of the place names and little is known about the origin of other names. Take Powell Station for instance. The growing area […]

Rezoning meeting held at Holston Middle

Rezoning meeting held at Holston Middle

By Pete Gawda Only a handful of people attended a meeting Tuesday evening at Holston Middle School that was to explain the proposed rezoning for the new Hardin Valley and Holston middle schools and answer their questions. The small number was in contrast to the large crowd that attended a meeting several weeks ago at […]

The Transformation of America

The Transformation of America

By Steve Hunley The United States of America is undergoing a transformation that ought to concern folks. Today there are two very different and distinct Americas. Resistance to the federal government of the United States is prevalent in our society today, led by the corporate media in this country blatantly trying to destroy the president. […]

Bobcats enjoy historic stay at Bearden Invitational

Bobcats enjoy historic stay at Bearden Invitational

  By Ken Lay Central High School’s boys soccer team is quickly establishing itself as a competitor in East Tennessee. And new head coach Chris Quinn has stiffened the Bobcats’ schedule in 2017 and Central has responded by going toe-to-toe with the Volunteer State’s elite powerhouse teams. Central recently competed in the Bearden Invitational, the […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, VI

Tennessee and American Neutrality, VI

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had declared himself solidly behind Secretary of State Cordell Hull’s plan to revise the neutrality act.  McKellar had also urged President Franklin Roosevelt to call Congress into special session to consider neutrality legislation following Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland.  McKellar had visited with reporters […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 3, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for April 3, 2017

Ribbon cutting opens Dogwood Arts By Ken Lay The City of Knoxville and Dogwood Arts kicked off dogwood season Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Griffey Gentry Funeral Home. In 2017, the featured trail is Historic Fountain City, a trail formed in 1957. The trail covers 16 miles and features 3,200 blooming dogwood trees […]

Tennessee State Republicans Racing to Raise Gas Taxes

Tennessee State Republicans Racing to Raise Gas Taxes

By Steve Hunley Say it ain’t so. Republicans raising taxes? Tennessee’s Republican governor, Republican-controlled state senate and Republican-controlled house of representatives are moving with lightning speed to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. As it stands now, the gasoline tax would increase by 28% while the tax on diesel fuel would increase 65%. This […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part V

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part V

By Ray Hill Neither President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull intended to retreat from their demands that Congress renew the cash and carry provision of the neutrality law, while also removing the arms embargo on belligerent nations. The noninterventionists and isolationists in Congress, having won the fight in the House of Representative through […]