Governor Buford Ellington

By Ray Hill   Buford Ellington is perhaps best remembered today for being one of Tennessee’s “leap-frog” governors, alternating terms with Frank Clement.  For almost twenty years, Clement and Ellington ruled Tennessee from the governor’s office. Ellington was not a native Tennessean, being born in Holmes County, Mississippi June 27, 1907.  Buford Ellington attempted to […]

A Tale of Three Buildings

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Here and there around Knox County are several noted buildings that many people pass without knowing the story behind the structures. There are lots of early structures that have a unique beginning and have survived the years to be used for many different purposes. The Fountain City Building, the Emporium Building […]

Knoxville Focus for December 15, 2014

Police Review Meeting Draws A Crowd By Focus Staff The Police Advisory and Review Committee, the city mayor and the city police department were praised and criticized last Monday evening in a public forum held at Vine Middle School. PARC meetings normally draw a very small crowd of citizens, but last week’s saw a couple […]

Voting Rights Act of 1964 remembered

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com An event Thursday evening at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center topped off 2014’s Knoxville’s Civil Rights series that began last February. 2014 marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1964 Voting Rights Act. 1964 was also the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Noble Prize for […]

Robert LaFollette, Jr. of Wisconsin

By Ray Hill Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr. came into this world with just about every advantage one could hope for; yet, he suffered from depression and eventually ended his own life. “Young Bob” LaFollette was born January 6, 1895, the son of Robert M. and Belle LaFollette.  Bob LaFollette, Sr. was perhaps the most significant […]

Bearden opens new soccer locker room

By Ken Lay Bearden High School soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe saw his dream come true Tuesday night at Bruce Allender Field. “I always set my goals high,” Radcliffe said before Bearden High School unveiled its new locker room facilities. “These kids come here and take pride in the program. This is a dream. “The kids […]