The Knoxville Focus for December 19, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for December 19, 2016

High schools again provide holiday helpers By Steve Williams While much of Knoxvillians’ interest, along with their thoughts and prayers, has been in the deadly and destructive wildfires that struck the Sevier County area recently, the holiday season has continued with its many events on the local scene. And once again, high school student-athletes and […]

Whining about the Electoral College

Whining about the Electoral College

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel came out last week with a milquetoast editorial noting the Democrats, still smarting over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, want to debate the need for the Electoral College.  Eventually the Sentinel came to the point after traipsing around the edge of the […]

‘Tribute Truckster’ is now rolling year round

‘Tribute Truckster’ is now rolling year round

By Steve Williams In its fourth year on the roads of Knoxville and East Tennessee, the Family Truckster is looking better than ever. Owner Dave Moore has given her a bright, fresh pea-green paint job, the same color she donned when the Christmas Vacation movie, starring Chevy Chase, came out in 1989. But it’s not […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

By Ray Hill Senator Howard Baker entered the fall general election after having followed a strategy of organizing early and avoiding controversy. Baker’s opponent, Jane Eskind, had won the Democratic primary by self-funding and had tried to take advantage of the senator’s support for the Panama Canal Treaty. The treaty was not popular in many […]

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

By Ralphine Major “I was totally surprised when I got my orders and found out I was going to Salzburg, Austria. I had to look on a map to see where it was located!” he said. “That was the beginning of a beautiful journey of a lifetime,” he added. Charlie Lovell was drafted into the […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 12, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for December 12, 2016

School leaders brief community at rezoning forum By Ken Lay Knox County Schools hosted a rezoning meeting Tuesday night at Gibbs Elementary School to discuss the impact of two new middle schools. Gibbs Middle School and Hardin Valley Middle are scheduled to open in 2018 and last week’s meeting was held to get community input […]

King of the Courts

King of the Courts

By Steve Hunley Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond apparently isn’t satisfied with running the Criminal courts and the Fourth Circuit Court.  The Fourth Circuit Court is Knox County’s busiest divorce court and considering how many marriages seem to dissolve daily, it likely moves like a revolving door at lunchtime.  No, not content with […]

Ijam’s River Cleanup Ongoing

Ijam’s River Cleanup Ongoing

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com You may have seen him as he slowly boated up and down both shores with buckets and bags in the boat and a long dip net. Who is that guy out in the boat on the Tennessee River and what’s he doing? Depending on the day the guy in the boat […]