The Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 6, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, November 6, 2017

Dave Wright kicks off his Tennessee legislative race By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com In an evening that filled the house at the Corryton Senior Center, Commissioner Dave Wright kicked off his campaign for the state legislature. Surrounded by fellow citizens, elected officials and retiring State Representative Harry Brooks, Commissioner Wright seemed to know everyone who attended. […]

Let the Leadership Academy Go

Let the Leadership Academy Go

By Steve Hunley This Wednesday the Knox County Board of Education will vote whether or not to extend the life of the Leadership Academy, the brainchild and refuge of former Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre.  McIntyre is paid $180,000 annually for teaching three hours per week and while his salary evidently comes from various sources […]

Leadership at what cost?

Leadership at what cost?

By Anne Primm The Knox County School Board of Education’s End-of-Month Work Session was called to order by Chairwoman Patti Bounds on Monday, October 30, 2017. The first item on the agenda was a review and discussion of the Great Schools Partnership “Best Schools in the South” Campaign. Vice President of Operations at the Great […]

The Last Years of Nancy Kefauver

The Last Years of Nancy Kefauver

By Ray Hill Senator Estes Kefauver died on August 10, 1963 when his aorta burst.  Kefauver had died at Bethesda Naval Hospital and according to his biographer, Charles Fontenay, the senator had put off urgent surgery to await the arrival of his wife, who was vacationing with two of their daughters in Colorado.  Nancy Kefauver  […]

Knox County loaded with Class 5A playoff contenders

PHOTO BY KELLY KEARSE Cam Blakely, senior wide receiver and strong safety for Catholic, lets out a roar in the Irishmen's 59-21 Class 5A playoff win over Campbell County Friday night.

Knox County loaded with Class 5A playoff contenders

By Steve Williams Knox County will have six teams in Class 5A second-round playoff action this Friday night. Catholic (8-3) will host Fulton (9-2) after both teams posted lopsided wins in last week’s first-round games. The Irishmen toppled Campbell County 59-21, while the Falcons rolled past Lenoir City 50-6. Halls and South-Doyle will be meeting […]

Karns Middle School hosts Career Fair

Karns Middle School hosts Career Fair

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Is the eighth grade too early to begin making a career choice? Obviously not, at least not at Karns Middle School. Students that age are preparing for high school and considering what they might like to do with their lives, which courses to take, whether or not to go on to […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 30, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for October 30, 2017

9th Year a ‘Reason for Celebration’ By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The house was packed Thursday during the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Celebration, which saluted Breast Cancer Survivors and raised funds for the Compassion in Action fund, at the Grande Event Center in North Knoxville. WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit and B97.5’s Michele Silva welcomed the full house […]

Busler Announces for Re-Election

Busler Announces for Re-Election

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Charles Busler, vice chairman of the Knox County Commission, is a man with an inquisitive mind and outgoing personality. Busler has lived in the 7th District for more than 41 years and, aside from his commission duties, is involved in various aspects of the community. Last Friday Busler announced his campaign […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations V

Tennessee and the League of Nations V

By Ray Hill Despite intense pressure from constituents and his own political party, Senator John Knight Shields of Tennessee remained determined to vote his convictions as the United States Senate considered the Treaty of Versailles.  John Knight Shields had been the only Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to break ranks and support the […]