The 1936 Campaign For Governor

The 1936 Campaign For Governor

By Ray Hill Hill McAlister had finally achieved his dream of serving as governor of Tennessee after two hard fought failed campaigns.  The descendant of two governors, McAlister had run a strong race against incumbent Austin Peay when the latter was seeking a third two-year term in 1926.  Peay had died suddenly in 1927 and […]

Karns All-Stars take third place in state

Karns All-Stars take third place in state

By Steve Williams A few of the Karns players could be seen being consoled by a parent after their season ended one win short of the State Little League tournament finals Wednesday night at Karns. Such scenes are quick reminders that these are just 11-year-old boys. Six years or so ago, they were just beginning […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 18, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for July 18, 2016

Superstop opened during Transit Week By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville’s newest Superstop opened Thursday as KAT’s system continues to grow and offer updated services. The new sheltered stop is on Kirkwood Street between Magnolia Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue near Chilhowee Park. The short street is getting a new concrete roadway, sidewalks, security […]

Does Trump Really Want to Win?

Does Trump Really Want to Win?

By Steve Hunley One question I’ve been asking myself is, “Does Donald Trump really want to win?” If he does want to win, he really needs to focus like a laser beam on the four issues that I believe are most important to the vast majority of Americans: the economy, national security, immigration and trade. […]

Who are Knoxville’s Homeless?

Who are Knoxville’s Homeless?

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The image you may have of the homeless population in Knoxville may not be accurate according to the information available from the Mayor’s Roundtable on Homelessness. The group, created and appointed by Mayor Madeline Rogero, met for its quarterly session last week and heard reports from the Knoxville Homeless Management […]

Washington Widow: Mary Borah

Washington Widow: Mary Borah

By Ray Hill If there is anything sadder than a defeated and forgotten politician, it may well be a forgotten politician’s widow. Once powerful politicians who wielded enormous influence, attended by staff and an abundance of friends, oftentimes find themselves bereft when out of office and without favors to dispense.  Many former friends disappear with […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 11, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for July 11, 2016

Council votes to make Cal Johnson Building ‘historic’ By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It isn’t often that the Knoxville City Council hears a zoning appeal from the City but Tuesday evening the elected officials heard Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff appeal a ruling by the planning commission concerning the Cal Johnson Building on State Street. […]