Getting to know Betty Jo Mahan

Getting to know Betty Jo Mahan

Over the past several weeks The Knoxville Focus has been having chats with community leaders, elected officials, neighborhood organization leaders, and really interesting people. Betty Jo Mahan recently retired as the administrative assistant to the Metropolitan Planning Commission director and has had more than 20 years in service to the local government. She lost her […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IX

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IX

By Ray Hill James Beriah Frazier had been elected governor of Tennessee in 1902.  A tall, stately man with an elegant appearance, James B. Frazier certainly looked the part of a governor.  Despite his aristocratic appearance, James B. Frazier had worked his way through law school.  The future governor taught school for two years and […]

Knox Metro League working to make youth football safer

A Hardin Valley Blue player tries to stop and cut back inside as he hears the sideline against the Knoxville Falcons in the 8U title game. Photo by Steve Williams.

Knox Metro League working to make youth football safer

Sport’s future may be based on risk vs. reward By Steve Williams With more and more knowledge about concussions becoming available, some youth football programs across the country are changing to flag football for their participants ages 13 and under and not offering tackle football until age 14. Here locally that hasn’t been the case […]

Falcons capture six of eight Knox Metro youth football titles

Larry Cox has been commissioner for the Knoxville Falcons' youth football program for over 30 years.

Falcons capture six of eight Knox Metro youth football titles

By Steve Williams The beat goes on for the Knoxville Falcons’ youth football program. The Falcons have been big winners in the Knox Metro Youth Football League in recent years and had another banner season this fall, capturing championships in six of the eight age groups. The program, which is based in the Christenberry area […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 19, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for November 19, 2018

Remembering Ben Atchley   By Ray Hill The passing of Ben Atchley brought back many memories to me.  I’ve known Ben and Sue Atchley since I was a teen-ager and I’m now almost a senior citizen.  Ben Atchley was serving his second term in the Tennessee State House of Representatives when I volunteered to work […]

Farewell Senator Ben Atchley

Farewell Senator Ben Atchley

By Steve Hunley The Focus carries a special remembrance of Ben Atchley, who passed away last week.  It is a reminder to us all of a different time in the political landscape of Knox County of how a truly good man prospered in the turmoil of Tennessee politics. Ben Atchley exemplified integrity and character throughout […]

Getting to know Patricia Robledo

Getting to know Patricia Robledo

  The Knoxville Focus is sitting down with several city and county officials, community leaders and residents. The casual chats will, hopefully, let you get to know them on a personal level. As Knoxville’s first director of the office of business support Patricia Robledo is now in her 7th year of service having been appointed […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, VIII

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, VIII

By Ray Hill Benton McMillin was such a fixture in Tennessee politics he was regarded as the “Old Warhorse” of the Democratic Party in the state.  After spending twenty years in Congress from Tennessee’s Fourth District, Benton McMillin twice served as governor of Tennessee.  Yet the pinnacle of McMillin’s political ambition was to win election […]

Maryville uses defense to defeat Farragut

PHOTO BY KELLY KEARSE Catholic's Tommy Winton puts out a stiff arm against Oak Ridge defensive back Kai'reese Pendergrass in the TSSAA Class 5A quarterfinal game. The Irishmen rallied for a 42-40 win.

Maryville uses defense to defeat Farragut

  By David Klein In a Class 6A State Quarterfinal matchup at Maryville, the Maryville Rebels overcame a sluggish start on offense and used tough, opportunistic defense to defeat the Farragut Admirals 26-10. Maryville was balanced on offense as it ran for 184 yards and passed for 221 yards. Quarterbacks Braden Carnes and Cade Chambers […]

‘It’s a factory out there’ says A-E coach after loss at Alcoa

PHOTO BY KELLY KEARSE Catholic's Tommy Winton puts out a stiff arm against Oak Ridge defensive back Kai'reese Pendergrass in the TSSAA Class 5A quarterfinal game. The Irishmen rallied for a 42-40 win.

‘It’s a factory out there’ says A-E coach after loss at Alcoa

By Steve Williams Another good Austin-East High School football season has ended against Alcoa. The Roadrunners (9-4) lost to the undefeated Tornadoes 24-6 in the TSSAA Class 3A quarterfinal round at Alcoa Friday night. “Our team played hard last night,” said A-E Coach Jeff Phillips on Saturday. “We made mistakes and against the Number 1 […]