Tennessee’s Hermitage District, V

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, V

By Ray Hill It was hardly surprising Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. had been elected to Congress from Tennessee’s “Hermitage District”, site of General Andrew Jackson’s plantation home.  The district had been represented for twenty-eight years by Joseph W. Byrns, father of the current congressman in 1939.  The elder Byrns had come up through the ranks […]

South-Doyle is the new ‘raining’ Region 2-5A champion

PHOTO BY SHELLEY JOHNSON With the rain pouring down, South-Doyle's Elijah Young takes off on one of his five touchdown dashes in the Cherokees' 38-10 win over Central Friday night.

South-Doyle is the new ‘raining’ Region 2-5A champion

By Steve Williams Central’s highly regarded football team had a tough time holding on to the football in the rainy conditions at Billy K. Nicely Stadium in South Knoxville Friday night. But the Bobcats had an even tougher time getting a hold of Elijah Young. The tough, quick and elusive star running back for South-Doyle, […]

Powell rallies, beats Oak Ridge 27-21

PHOTO BY TRACY HEARD Colton Webb, Powell senior defensive end, is double teamed as he tries to break through and get to the Oak Ridge quarterback. The Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter to win 27-21 and wrap up the Region 3-5A regular season title.

Powell rallies, beats Oak Ridge 27-21

By Alex Norman The undefeated Powell Panthers entered last Thursday night’s game against Oak Ridge knowing that with a win, they’d capture a region championship.  It wasn’t easy and took 20 unanswered points against a game Oak Ridge squad to do it, but the Panthers survived 27-21. “It’s huge,” said Powell head coach Matt Lowe. […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 21, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for October 21, 2019

Pension suit delayed until December 19 By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville attorney John P. Valliant has apparently been hired by Mayor Glenn Jacobs to represent the county in the class action suit against the county in the Retirement and Pension Board case. The suit was filed on September 10 and the county given 30 days […]

Getting to Know Don Dare

Getting to Know Don Dare

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com You may know Don Dare as the “6 On Your Side” television reporter or as a WATE Anchor, but there’s much more to Dare than you may know. The Knoxville Focus sat down with him for a chat recently in order for our readers to get to know the man a […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, IV

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, IV

By Ray Hill Congressman Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. seemed to have everything going for him; the only child and namesake of long-time congressman and late Speaker of the House Joseph W. Byrns, had defeated a reasonably popular incumbent inside the Democratic primary in 1938.  Young Joe Byrns seemed a favorite of the House leadership, all […]

Will Tennessee Valley Fair leave Chilhowee Park?

Will Tennessee Valley Fair leave Chilhowee Park?

Study shows up to $111M needed to update park By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Most people who have visited Chilhowee Park and Exhibition Center in recent years know that the 81-acre East Knoxville complex needs work. Options for the future of the often unused park are before the city now as a study by a consulting […]

Daniel’s stop in overtime keeps Powell unbeaten

Daniel’s stop in overtime keeps Powell unbeaten

By Steve Williams The play may long be remembered as The Stop in Powell High football lore. Senior tackle Jackson Daniel smashed West running back Isaiah Mattress’ 2-point run attempt from the 1½ -yard line in overtime Friday night to give the Panthers a 21-20 victory in the battle of unbeatens. “It was an open […]