You have done well! … Take a bow!

You have done well! … Take a bow!

  By Steve Williams Congratulations to the Student-Athletes of the Year at our local high schools! A combined total of 44 females and males from 22 TSSAA-member schools in The Knoxville Focus’ coverage area were bestowed the distinction of “Shining the Brightest in Trying Times” in 2019-20. The recognition of the honorees’ excellence in academics, […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 8, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 8, 2020

Giving back to KAT employees By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com “They are our front line people we don’t think about. They provide an essential service,” said Cameron Brooks of Realty Executives Associates and the Knox County Election Commission. He was talking about Knoxville Area Transit employees. Brooks had been pondering how he might show […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, VI

Odds & Ends of This & That, VI

By Steve Hunley George Floyd I want to be very clear about my own feelings about what happened to George Floyd. It was horrifying and ghastly.  To witness a man pleading for his life and the callous disregard of the officer was positively sickening.  I am glad the officers have been fired and charged criminally. […]

Readers comment on Burlington renewal

Readers comment on Burlington renewal

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com When The Knoxville Focus began asking what’s been done and what’s needed to renovate the Burlington Community, comments came from various elected officials, candidates and the general public. Here are a few of the remarks. From Eric Vreeland, deputy  director of communications for the city: “Dawn Michelle Foster asked […]

Remembering Johnny Majors

Remembering Johnny Majors

By Mark Nagi When they build the Mt. Rushmore of Tennessee football (I’m sure that is in the next budget for the athletic department), there are three non-negotiables. General Robert Neyland, the father of the program. Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Reggie White, one of the greatest defensive players of […]

Daniel, state House honors Catholic boys basketball team

Daniel, state House honors Catholic boys basketball team

By Ken Lay When longtime Knoxville Catholic High School boys basketball coach Mike Hutchens stepped on the newly refinished floor in the gym, it marked the first time that he’d been on the basketball court since March. Hutchens, who guided the Irish to the 2020 Division II-AA State Championship in Nashville, hadn’t been at school […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 1, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 1, 2020

Has Burlington been forgotten? By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The residents of Burlington are wondering if the City of Knoxville has abandoned them. Funds were granted back two years ago for business facade renovations and the city offered a tax credit for rehabilitation of structures. But since then, the 2.19 square mile community with […]