Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

Harmony and Hymns by the TOTS

By Ralphine Major You may be one of the Focus readers who has been privileged to hear them sing in one of the more than 175 churches or assisted living facilities over the years.  I have always known them as “The TOTS,” an acronym for “The Old Time Singers,”— though they have playfully said it […]

Bearden overcomes slow start to down Green Wave 4-1

Bearden overcomes slow start to down Green Wave 4-1

By Ken Lay   Bearden High School boys soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe finally saw his team produce the results he wanted when it focused and went back to basics. “Credit Gallatin,” Radcliffe said after his Bulldogs notched a 4-1 win over the Green Wave Thursday night in the opening round of the Bearden Invitational at […]

John Nance Garner as Vice President

John Nance Garner as Vice President

By Ray Hill Few men have been as colorful as John Nance Garner of Texas. Garner spent thirty-eight years in Washington, D. C., and the last eight as vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, Garner shunned the limelight, preferring to make his considerable presence felt in the corridors of power and hidden offices of […]

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

By Mikes Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville is celebrating 225 years this year and you probably don’t realize that the city and its county have some 111 places on the National Register of Historic Sites. That includes not only historic homes and buildings but also landmarks. You probably know our “main” sites on the national registry but […]

CTE Goes Live

CTE Goes Live

Emily Ann Roberts signs Camille Clark’s autograph at the CTE Goes Live kick off held last Wednesday at Toyota Knoxville. Roberts won last year’s event and went on to place second in the television show The Voice. CTE Goes Live will be held on May 6 at Market Square, giving contestants from fifteen Knox County […]

Katie’s Kloset Comes To Knoxville

Katie’s Kloset Comes To Knoxville

By Mikes Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Katie’s Kloset Consignment just might be your new favorite place to shop. Open since 2000 in Alcoa, Katie’s Kloset is now open in West Knoxville. The family owned business located in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center is more than a consignment shop. They also buy and trade new and previously owned […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 28, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for March 28, 2016

‘One Hand Touches the Other’ By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “One hand touches the other” — It was something her grandmother always said, but she did not understand what it meant back then.  Now she does.  Donna Smith, who works for the Tennova Breast Center, thinks of her grandmother’s quote often as the Center ministers to […]

Sam Houston comes home

Sam Houston comes home

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been said that if it wasn’t for Tennessee there would be no Texas. That saying refers to  the influx of people from our state to what was then the northern territory of Mexico and the number of those people who promoted and fought the Texas Revolution. East Texas even […]

Food truck rules may be opposed

Food truck rules may be opposed

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s two-year pilot project to allow and regulate food trucks is on the way to becoming an official ordinance and, overall, the trial program has been very successful. But the Community Forum has some hard questions about parts of the proposed rules. The ordinance discussion is on the city council […]