Adapting to the Coronavirus

Adapting to the Coronavirus

School System Must Begin to Prepare Now By Steve Hunley Bob Thomas, superintendent of the Knox County School system, was recently interviewed by another media outlet and stated plainly, “We weren’t prepared” for the coronavirus.  Nobody was, nor could they be. As I said in a recent editorial, our governments, at every level, and our […]

What’s next for Rebecca Parr?

What’s next for Rebecca Parr?

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Next Step Initiative was founded by two sisters, Addie Arbach and Rebecca Parr, who believed that through compassion, hope and love, they could have an impact on the lives of those living with issues of generational poverty, trauma and addiction. Almost three years after its inaugural meeting, Parr is […]

‘Scrap Iron’ Phil Garner made Bearden proud

‘Scrap Iron’ Phil Garner made Bearden proud

  By Steve Williams Phil Garner grew up in the small town of Rutledge in Grainger County and with the high school there not having a football program in the mid-1960s; his dad moved the family to Knoxville to improve his son’s chances of earning a college scholarship. That move paid off big-time. “My dad […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 20, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for April 20, 2020

  Rep. Tim Burchett tours 2nd District fire stations with Girl Scout cookies By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Congressman Tim Burchett was a busy guy Friday visiting several fire stations in his district and delivering 21 cases of Girl Scout cookies. The Second District Congressman wrote a check for $1,000 for the cookies and […]

David Keck, Island Home’s Santa, passes away

David Keck, Island Home’s Santa, passes away

  By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com He was Santa during the holidays and is wife, Kathy, was Mrs. Claus. He was ideal for the part with his long white hair and beard. Last week David Keck fell going down the stairs of his house and was rushed to the hospital. He seemed to recover […]

Taking the Dayton Loop

Taking the Dayton Loop

By Mike Steely We have been asked to keep our distance, wear our masks, and basically stay at home for safety these days. But there are some places we can drive to without encountering other people or endangering ourselves or others. A family day outing to nearby places is a great idea, just be sure […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

By Ray Hill Malcolm Rice Patterson, the “gamecock” of Tennessee politics, had left the governor’s mansion in 1911 as a hugely controversial figure and bitterly hated by many inside his own party. To make matters worse, a combine of “fusionists,” Democrats opposed to Patterson and Republicans, had elected Ben W. Hooper governor in the 1910 […]