Kirk Anderson honored as Good Neighbor of the Year

Kirk Anderson honored as Good Neighbor of the Year

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Annual Neighborhood Conference Awards and Networking Luncheon had several surprises, not the least of which is that more than 600 people attended. The popular event was held at Hotel Knoxville, the former Knoxville Marriott, and featured three workshop break-out sessions and more than 60 booths manned by vendors and local […]

Senator Reed Smoot of Utah

Senator Reed Smoot of Utah

By Ray Hill Reed Smoot is a name long since forgotten by most, save for those few who remember the Smoot – Hawley tariff legislation.  Yet, Reed Smoot was the first Mormon ever to be elected to the United States Senate, setting off a firestorm that consumed much of his first six-year term.  Fear and […]

Jody and Shelley started on a dirt court in Lake City

Jody and Shelley started on a dirt court in Lake City

Since then, they’ve combined for nine state championships By Steve Williams Talk about an oddity. The most successful Knox County boys and girls high school basketball head coaches of all time – Fulton High’s Jody Wright and Shelley Sexton Collier of Webb School – grew up together in Lake City, a small town in Anderson […]

Tate’s School dedicated new ‘Tree House’

Located in West Knoxville, just off Cedar Bluff Rd, Tate’s School’s Executive Management Team celebrated the completion of a new Middle School Math Building. This 1,000 sf facility is located on a recently dedicated middle school campus and showcases the updated look of an old-time schoolhouse.   Benjamin Builders and Falconnier Design Company worked closely […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 26, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for March 26, 2018

Bud Armstrong Halts Raid on County Treasury Law Director, Five Commissioners Defend Charter and Protect Taxpayers By Focus Staff Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong has put a halt on a last minute attempt to raid the county’s treasury. Armstrong stepped in to stop a resolution dropped on the county commission’s workshop agenda without […]

Fake News is More Common Than Ever

Fake News is More Common Than Ever

By Steve Hunley   Every time President Donald Trump calls out the mainstream media for “fake news” they howl like a hit dog. Despite the fact media figures are indignant at being challenged, the fact is the mainstream media is often biased and just plain wrong. When one source gets the news wrong, it all […]

Lynn Redmon was one of a kind

Lynn Redmon was one of a kind

By Mike Steely Lynn Redmon was one of a kind Lynn Redmon, a longtime political activist and president of the Norwood Neighborhood Association, passed away last week. Tributes are pouring in from people of both political parties for the man who was known as a defender of neighborhoods and a supporter of causes and candidates. […]

Old Swaney: William Robert Webb of Tennessee

Old Swaney: William Robert Webb of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Most Knoxvillians have heard of the Webb School, but few remember William Robert Webb, the founder and headmaster of the first Webb School. R. Webb was a formidable character by any standard; he was a professional educator throughout his life, as well as a community activist and briefly, served as United States […]

Fulton runs ‘out of gas’ in Class AA state finals

Fulton runs ‘out of gas’ in Class AA state finals

  By Steve Williams In hindsight, this year’s TSSAA Class AA state championship may have been settled the night before the title game was played. Fulton, using only six players, labored 40 minutes for a 73-72 double-overtime win over Nashville Stratford in the semifinal nightcap, after Memphis Hamilton emptied its bench early and coasted to […]