Barnes ‘gives back’ through Emerald Youth Foundation

Barnes ‘gives back’ through Emerald Youth Foundation

By Ken Lay Rick Barnes may be Tennessee’s head men’s basketball coach but he also wants to contribute to the community. That’s why he became involved with Knoxville’s Emerald Youth Foundation. “When I first got here, I wanted to do more than just coach basketball,” Barnes said as he started the 18th Annual Emerald Golf […]

You can help save Butterfly Lake

You can help save Butterfly Lake

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com One of the beautiful features about the Colonial Village neighborhood is Butterfly Lake. The shallow lake sits at the entry of the South Knoxville neighborhood and draws all types of water fowl. Last week the Canadian Geese were waddling along the shoreline looking for food and two cranes were far away […]

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

By Ray Hill The 1952 Senate race in Tennessee had its roots in the 1948 election, which was a turning point in Volunteer State history.  For decades, Tennessee’s politics had been dominated by Senator Kenneth D. McKellar and E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County machine.  The two had parted company only occasionally, usually […]

Maryville wears down Falcons 45-29 in Battle of Champions

PHOTO BY DAN ANDREWS A touchdown pass heads Zack Dobson's way in the Battle of Champions. Maryville came from behind to defeat Fulton 45-29.

Maryville wears down Falcons 45-29 in Battle of Champions

By Steve Williams Zaevion Dobson made the ultimate sacrifice in the game of life and the Fulton High football team, which includes many of his teammates, honored him with extraordinary effort in the Battle of Champions Saturday night, Aug. 27. Even though it didn’t result in victory, it was a performance in which Zae could […]

Fans in mid-season form for Thursday pregame parties

Fans in mid-season form for Thursday pregame parties

By Ken Lay It’s just after 11 a.m. on a Thursday on the Cumberland Avenue Strip and commuters are working their way through a nerve-racking construction zone. But this isn’t just another workday in the area surrounding the University of Tennessee campus; this is evident from the unusually full fast food restaurants and the high […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 29, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for August 29, 2016

Howell, Smith Rally CAK to Victory over Grace Christian By David Klein Stewart Howell rescued CAK. The 6’1” sophomore who primarily plays wide receiver for the Warriors made the defensive play of the game. With CAK leading 36-29 and 1:20 left, the Grace Christian Academy Rams faced a 4th-and-goal at the CAK 6. Rams’ quarterback […]

More State Tax Dollars Out the Window

More State Tax Dollars Out the Window

By Steve Hunley   The embarrassment in Tennessee over the failed TN Ready test has barely faded when auditors from the State Comptroller’s office have released a scathing report about mismanagement inside the Achievement School District.  As described by reporter Andy Sher from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Achievement School District “now has its […]

The 1948 Governor’s Race in Tennessee, Part 2

The 1948 Governor’s Race in Tennessee, Part 2

By Ray Hill As Tennessee entered the summer months of 1948, Governor Jim Nance McCord and Gordon Browning battled for the Democratic nomination to be chief executive of the state. Any campaign waged by Gordon Browning quickly became hard fought and the genteel McCord found himself hard pressed. Governor McCord had the support of Tennessee’s […]

Is Tennessee a paper tiger or for real?

PHOTO BY HAYLEY PENNESI / Tennessee Athletics Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones is a picture of determination during the Vols’ come-from-behind win over Georgia last season at Neyland Stadium.

Is Tennessee a paper tiger or for real?

By Steve Williams Butch Jones has put Tennessee football back on the map. But can he keep it there? That will be answered on the field in the 2016 season, which opens Thursday night with a visit from Appalachian State. The Vols’ rise into the preseason Top 10 has more to do with expectations and […]

What you may not know about the Tennessee Theatre

What you may not know about the Tennessee Theatre

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Yes, the sign went back up and once again the proud and historic Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street downtown has its name proudly and more brightly lit. The majestic theatre has a long history of film and live events that continue today as Hal Holbrook will be there later this month […]