Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

Union Heritage Festival is fun for the entire family

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Where can you find an antique tractor parade, a feed bag toss, a skillet toss and a pumpkin seed spitting contest? How about music, vendors and local authors? The Union County Heritage Festival is a one-day event Saturday, October 7 at Wilson Park in Maynardville. There’s the Heritage Olympics, a “longest […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

Tennessee and the League of Nations I

By Ray Hill Tennessee had been staunchly for Woodrow Wilson, both in his 1912 campaign for the presidency and his 1916 reelection campaign. Tennessee’s junior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had been a fervent admirer of President Wilson as a member of the House of Representatives and if anything, his admiration grew as a […]

Fulton Routs Carter on Homecoming

PHOTO BY LEXIE GILLAND / FUL.COM Carter High's Quez Witherspoon is stopped in his tracks by Fulton's Josh Jones in the Falcons' 47-11 win Friday night at Bob Black Field.

Fulton Routs Carter on Homecoming

By David Klein Despite four turnovers, the Fulton Falcons dominated the visiting Carter Hornets on homecoming night at Fulton. Falcons’ quarterback Xavier Malone threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Dorian Williamson scored three touchdowns in a 47-11 victory. Fulton dominated the first quarter. Taking advantage of a Hornet fumble, Malone threw […]

Visiting Historic Bulls Gap

Visiting Historic Bulls Gap

Want a visit to the past? Interested in ghost towns or almost ghost towns? Probably no place in our region is more typical of small, 1880s era towns than Bulls Gap in southern Hawkins County. Located between Morristown and Greeneville the little town began before the railroad but bloomed during the heyday of the American […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 25, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for September 25, 2017

Foothills Title Services opens new office By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com With the formal opening of the company’s third office at 3208 Tazewell Pike Thursday, Foothills Title Services now has three branches in our area. Attorney Troy D. Brown founded Foothills in 1997 after serving in Desert Storm and Bosnia where he flew KC-135s with the […]

Ambulance Provider Questions Raised Again

Ambulance Provider Questions Raised Again

By Steve Hunley According to 7th District County Commissioner Charles Busler it may well be AMR, Knox County’s ambulance service provider, is not in compliance with its current contract.  That is embarrassing enough, but even more embarrassing is the fact the Knox County Commission just voted to extend that same contract for an additional five […]

Stepping back in time

This early corn sheller is one of the many farm implements on display at the Museum of Appalachia.

Stepping back in time

By Pete Gawda “Let the past touch your soul” and return to a an earlier, simpler era by visiting the Museum of Appalachia which is located about 20 miles north of Knoxville off the Clinton exit of I75. While the museum has modern buildings which house one of the largest collections of Appalachian artifacts on […]

Congressman Finis J. Garrett

Congressman Finis J. Garrett

By Ray Hill For more than two decades, Finis James Garrett represented a West Tennessee district in Congress. Garrett was a talented politician and his rise was meteoric. Winning a seat in Congress when he was barely twenty-eight years old, he rose to become the Minority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives. Finis […]

The King’s Academy has state title hopes

BY STEVE WILLIAMS Head Coach Matt Lowe and The King's Academy Lions are in the mix for a state football title in the TSSAA's new Division II-A classification this season.

The King’s Academy has state title hopes

By Steve Williams The King’s Academy football team had an eye-opening win in Week 2 this season when the Lions defeated Grace Christian Academy 21-6. “They’re one of those programs we’re trying to be like,” said Matt Lowe, who is in his fifth season as head coach at TKA, a member of the TSSAA’s new […]

Summit Hill residents may get promised bus shelter

The new transit shelters on Main Street in front of the City County Building were well received except for the lack of benches facing the busses and trolleys. The Focus has learned there are no current plans to supply benches at the location and most passengers are waiting by sitting on the wall. The benches facing the building were there before the shelters. (Photo by Mike Steely)

Summit Hill residents may get promised bus shelter

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When the Knoxville City Council meets Tuesday one of the resolutions they’ll take up is obtaining property for a KAT bus stop project on Summit Hill Drive. The council is being asked by the Department of Engineering to authorize the mayor to purchase or condemn, if need be, three tracts of […]