Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The efforts of two teachers and their students led to recognizing a Knoxville hero recently with the dedication of the Mary Francis (Frankie) Housley Bridge just below Gresham Middle School in Fountain City. The Holbrook Drive bridge was named in honor of the Central High School graduate who became an airline […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee Congressman Ewin L. Davis, a veteran of fourteen years, had lost his seat to freshman legislator J. Ridley Mitchell in the 1932 Democratic primary.  Mitchell’s district had been dismembered by the Tennessee General Assembly causing Mitchell to move from Crossville to Cookeville.  Mitchell, remaining the underdog for most of the campaign, […]

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

Halls introduces new hoops coaches to community

By Ken Lay Jonathan Smith and Tom Poisal made their first public appearances as Halls High School basketball coaches recently. Both were introduced to fans, players, parents and to the community on Monday, July 24 at a meet and greet at the school. Both replace Randy Moore, who coached both the Red Devils and Lady […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 24, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for July 24, 2017

Remembering Jake Butcher By Ray Hill rayhill865@gmail.com For those wanting an opportunity to bask in the limelight, it would be well to remember the glare burns far more frequently than it shines.  That thought was rekindled yet again in my mind with the passing of Jake Butcher.  Media across Tennessee have recounted Butcher’s public career; […]

Unequal Educational Opportunities

Unequal Educational Opportunities

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education recently extended the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Ordinarily, the board would deserve commendation for such a thing; however, in this instance, they have created an unequal educational opportunity.  By doing so, they have invited scrutiny they cannot bear. From everything I have seen, the IB program […]

Pleasant Ridge mural gives a glimpse of the past

Pleasant Ridge mural gives a glimpse of the past

By Pete Gawda Pleasant Ridge Elementary School has a unique window to the past thanks to artist Gale Hinton. She recently covered the walls of the school’s hallway with murals. The most striking and probably the most personal is dedicated to the Nickle family. While the Knoxville native did not go to school at Pleasant […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

When Two Congressmen Collide, II

By Ray Hill When the Tennessee General Assembly reduced the number of Tennessee’s congressional seats from ten to nine, Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell had been displaced.  Mitchell’s home county of Cumberland had been placed in the heavily Republican Second District, which was represented by GOP Congressman J. Will Taylor.  “Hillbilly Bill” Taylor was considered unbeatable […]

Lonsdale youth center, paintball, and sports tourism

Lonsdale youth center, paintball, and sports tourism

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Emerald Youth Center’s hopes to build a $9 million facility in Lonsdale came one step closer to a reality recently when the Knox County Commission agreed to give the city a portion of the Sam E. Hill School Property. The commission voted unanimously to pass a “no recommendation” of the […]

Ellison believes Panthers are on track to be more competitive

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Sophomore Walker Trusley, named Powell High's new quarterback last week, is locked and loaded in 7-on-7 action against Catholic on Thursday.

Ellison believes Panthers are on track to be more competitive

By Steve Williams Change is in the air for Powell High football. Rodney Ellison, beginning his third year as head coach after 2-9 and 1-9 seasons, has announced a new starter at quarterback. Six new assistant coaches also are part of his staff. And there is a feeling of new commitment among his players to […]