The Knoxville Focus for December 17, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for December 17, 2018

Halls cheerleaders, Bearden basketball players are among holiday helpers By Steve Williams Halls’ cheerleaders and the Bearden boys’ basketball team have been among local high school student-athletes helping during the holidays. The Halls girls worked at the annual Fantasy of Trees, which benefits the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville and also was scheduled to […]

Getting to Know Knoxville Paperboy JIM STURGEON

Getting to Know Knoxville Paperboy JIM STURGEON

  “I’ve been a paperboy all my life,” says Jim Sturgeon. The very active long-time friend of The Knoxville Focus will be 89 years old on December 29. Focus reporter Mike Steely sat down with Sturgeon recently for a chat and found the man in good spirits and full of memories. Tell us about your […]

Litton’s hosts ‘thank you’ meal for Central coaches, their families

Litton’s hosts ‘thank you’ meal for Central coaches, their families

By Ken Lay After Central High School recently won the Class 5A State Championship, the players and coaches got a heroes’ welcome upon returning to Knoxville. Area businesses, football boosters and high school football fans haven’t been shy in passing out congratulatory greetings, well wishes and celebrations at every turn, justifiably so. State titles are […]

Visiting the old Tellico Blockhouse

Visiting the old Tellico Blockhouse

By Mike Steely You probably know about the mass Cherokee removal known as the “Trail of Tears” but I’ll bet you have no idea of the many treaties drawn up with that tribe that moved them out of East Tennessee. Those treaties led eventually to the U. S. Military setting up removal camps and forts […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2018

Richie Beeler appointed to 8th District seat By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com After five rounds of voting, Richie Beeler, a person with four generations of roots in Corryton, was selected to replace Dave Wright as commissioner representing the 8th District of Knox County. The candidates who had applied for the seat included Beeler, Phil Ballard, Krystal […]

Holiday wishes for our readers

Holiday wishes for our readers

By Steve Hunley The time between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays should be cause for reflection. Certainly, both are wonderful occasions where we celebrate with our family and cherished friends. It also ought to be a time where we reflect upon and think about other things as well. For instance, those family members and dear […]

Catching up with Bill Landry

Catching up with Bill Landry

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Like most of you I was introduced to Bill Landry while he was hosting the award-winning The Heartland Series on WBIR-TV. Bill has a folksy way of telling a story and proved to be much more than just a host. He assembled around him a crack production crew of producers […]

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 […]