Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

By Ray Hill For decades the Tennessee General Assembly was largely ruled by three men: Walter M. “Pete” Haynes of Decherd; I. D. Beasley of Carthage and James H. Cummings of Woodbury.  Known as the “Unholy Trinity”, the three men were powerful legislators and highly important in their respective communities.  Beasley, Haynes and Cummings were […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 22, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for July 22, 2019

Wanda Moody honored with naming of bridge By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “Tough but fair and never afraid to speak her mind” was the description given Friday at the dedication of the Wanda Moody Overpass on North Winston Road. Those words were from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero who served with Moody on the Knox County Commission. […]

We found the Recode maps

We found the Recode maps

And Madeline’s Meltdown By Steve Hunley The first of two votes on the zoning and code process upheaval known as Recode in Knoxville City Council has happened. Recode was approved by council by a vote of 7 to 2 (Voting for Recode were: Stair, Saunders, McKenzie, Rider, Roberto, Welch and Wallace. Campen and Singh voted […]

Community leader Lynn Redmon memorialized

Community leader Lynn Redmon memorialized

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Lynn Redmon, a Norwood and Knoxville community leader, passed away last year and was memorialized Wednesday as the Norwood Public Library building was named for him. Redmon was known and respected for being a spokesman for neighborhood causes, a political consultant, and an all-around nice gentleman. Former Knox County Chairman and […]

Walter Chandler

Walter Chandler

By Ray Hill Walter Chandler enjoyed a long and productive political career, serving as a state legislator, congressman and mayor of Memphis.  Chandler was also a highly successful attorney and was responsible for the Baker vs. Carr lawsuit that guaranteed Americans the right of one man, one vote. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Walter Chandler […]

Rogero promotes Recode at press conference

Rogero promotes Recode at press conference

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Prior to the Knoxville City Council marathon meeting on Recode night, Mayor Madeline Rogero held a press conference that morning on the 6th floor of the City-County Building. Some of the council members attended but the crowd was mainly made up of media, bloggers and city staffers. Rogero said that the […]