Historic Overlay in East Knoxville draws objections

Historic Overlay in East Knoxville draws objections

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “I didn’t expect the turnout to be this great,” said Knoxville Historic Planner Kaye Graybeal recently during a public hearing on the proposed Edgewood-Park City Historic Zoning District. What she also probably didn’t expect were the many hostile comments and pointed questions from those attending the meeting at the O’Connor Senior […]

Cordell Hull & the Income Tax

Cordell Hull & the Income Tax

By Ray Hill Congressman Cordell Hull of Tennessee is frequently credited with being the “Father of the Income Tax.”  Today, that is likely a dubious distinction.  When the income tax was first approved in 1913, the tax code was fifteen pages long.  Today, the tax code is more than 74,000 pages.  Hull first came to […]

Dr. M.W. Rhyne has new location

Dr. M.W. Rhyne has new location

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The East Tennessee Binocular Vision Center, at 9051 Executive Park Drive, Suite 401, is the new home of Dr. M.W. Rhyne and his practice. Dr. Rhyne opened the new office to continue and extend his Vision Specialty, Vision Development, Vision Rehabilitation and Vision Therapy. From 1978 until last June the optometrist […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 23, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 23, 2017

Four city candidates file treasurer reports By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The election of five new members to the Knoxville City Council is 10 months away but already the race to replace the term-limited council members is underway. Chris Davis, Assistant Administrator of Elections, told The Focus Tuesday that three potential candidates have filed appointments of […]

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Just off Emory Road in Corryton stands a grand country church and, just behind that house of worship, is a small log structure that might be the oldest Baptist church in Knox County. Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, at 9132 West Emory road, is an active community church with Rev. Jerry […]

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

By Ken Lay Knox County has a new wrestling program. First Baptist Academy-Powell began competing in the sport this season and the Eagles are a Freshman/JV Team but Coach Josh Neely has some lofty expectations for the program’s future. The program may be new but the coach is no stranger to high school athletics and […]