Getting to know Larsen Jay

Larsen Jay's Random Acts of Flowers is a busy place during the week as staff and volunteers go through donated flowers and create new bouquets to be distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. The non-profit organization headquarters in Knoxville now has three other locations around the nation. (Photo by Mike Steely)

Getting to know Larsen Jay

In this week’s Getting to Know feature, The Knoxville Focus chatted with someone who positively impacts other people, people he may never meet, and what he does comes as a welcomed surprise and sometimes brings tears of gratitude. Larsen Jay is a husband, father, Knox County Commissioner and founder of Random Act of Flowers. Most […]

The 1924 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

The 1924 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, John Knight Shields, was a candidate for a third term in 1924.  Shields faced two formidable opponents inside the Democratic primary: General Lawrence D. Tyson of Knoxville and former state Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Bachman of Chattanooga.  All three candidates hailed from East Tennessee and Shields […]

Fast start nets Bulldogs 8-0 win over HVA

Bearden’s Caleb Wilkins attempts to attack after winning a throw-in from Jonathan Meystrik (20) in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 victory over Hardin Valley Academy Tuesday at Turner-Allender Field. Photo by Ken Lay.

Fast start nets Bulldogs 8-0 win over HVA

  By Ken Lay Bearden High School boys soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe makes it no secret that his team must get off to a fast start. The Bulldogs got the message Tuesday night. “We got off to a fast start and I’ve preached about that all season,” Radcliffe said after Bearden notched an 8-0 non-district […]

Blair does it all as Halls takes down Powell, 2-0

Halls' softball team has a post-game meeting in the outfield, with the scoreboard in the background telling the final score of its win over Powell. Photo by Steve Williams.

Blair does it all as Halls takes down Powell, 2-0

Lady Red Devils remain unbeaten in softball By Steve Williams There’s no question who the Star of the Game was in Round 1 of this season’s Halls vs. Powell high school softball rivalry. Halls senior pitcher Bri Blair took matters into her own hands, tossing a shutout and smacking a two-run homer to give the […]

Hypocrisy and Money Madness

Hypocrisy and Money Madness

  Do you recall when quite a few Democrats snorted $6 billion for building a border wall was too expensive?  Now Democrats, especially those busy running for president, are backing programs spending trillions of our tax dollars.  The first thing that comes to mind is Medicare for all.  Even before being applied to everyone, projections […]

New mayor may get a salary increase

New mayor may get a salary increase

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There are currently at least six Knoxvillians hoping to become the city’s next mayor and it is likely whoever captures the seat will get a higher salary than Mayor Madeline Rogero. Rogero receives $142,500 annually plus a car allowance. The proposed increase would take the salary to $162,500 and is […]

Lady Devils pound out 14 hits in league win over Karns

Lady Devils pound out 14 hits in league win over Karns

By Ken Lay Throughout the early part of the 2019 softball season, Halls High School has battled some offensive inconsistency. This, despite the fact, that the Lady Devils have scored 49 runs in their first three games. But Halls took a major step forward when they routed Karns 10-0 at Halls High School Wednesday night. […]