Residents seek solution to flooding in Fountain Gate

Residents seek solution to flooding in Fountain Gate

By Ken Lay Homeowners who reside on a section of Tazewell Pike in the Fountain Gate subdivision have seen the area ravaged by floodwater. And in an attempt to get solutions, the homeowners called on Knox County Commissioner Michele Carringer. Carringer, who represents the 2nd District and lives in the community, sprang into action. She […]

The 1928 U.S. Senate Race in Tennessee, II

The 1928 U.S. Senate Race in Tennessee, II

 By Ray Hill   Kenneth D. McKellar, Tennessee’s senior United States senator, had won a thumping renomination inside the Democratic primary, beating Congressman Finis Garrett, the Minority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives.  Tennessee Republicans had nominated James A. Fowler, the mayor of Knoxville, to run in the general election.  One of the […]

‘The Good Lord dropped me here’ says Rev. Bill

Christus Victor Church at 4410 Central Avenue Pike is pastored by Rev. William Ondracka, who shared his eight years in Knoxville with The Focus. You might see his Harley Davidson parked in front of the active church any day you pass by. (Photo by Mike Steely)

‘The Good Lord dropped me here’ says Rev. Bill

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville Focus had the opportunity to chat with our neighbor recently. Christus Victor Church is across the street from The Focus office on North Central Avenue Pike. We spoke with the pastor about him, his family, and the church. Rev. William Ondracka, who prefers to be called Bill, talked with […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 16, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for September 16, 2019

Richie Beeler kicks off election campaign in Corryton   By Ken Lay Richie Beeler kicked off his election campaign for Knox County Commission Tuesday night at the Corryton Senior and Community Center and his supporters came in droves. Beeler, who will seek his first full term representing the Eighth District, was appointed to replace Dave […]

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

By Steve Hunley Across America the Universities that teach urban design and planning have a mantra that preaches high density, walkability, bike lanes, and mass transit. Single family homes and automobiles have been designated as the enemy. There are many buzzwords to disguise the prejudice against single family homes and cars; Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Energy […]

Menendez has a dream for Fountain City

Menendez has a dream for Fountain City

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com What is and what could be was the topic of a presentation at the Fountain City Town Hall meeting recently. Landscape architect Garry Menendez used a PowerPoint presentation to relay some of his ideas about the hub area there, emphasizing walkability and improvements on existing streets and access to Fountain City […]

Central outlasts Hardin Valley 16-7

Central outlasts Hardin Valley 16-7

  By Alex Norman It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.  On Friday, September 13, the Central Bobcats stayed undefeated with a 16-7 victory over a motivated Hardin Valley team. “You have the opportunity to play against really good talent,” said Central head coach Bryson Rosser. “Coach Potter is doing a really good job […]

Valiant comeback effort falls short for Webb

Valiant comeback effort falls short for Webb

  By Ken Lay The losing streak reached three games for Webb School of Knoxville Friday night and for the second consecutive week the Spartans came up on the losing end of a 28-21 decision. But longtime Webb coach David Meske said that similarities between his young squad’s last two games stopped there. “Against Boyd […]