The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

Harry Tindell Launches Candidacy for Knoxville City Council, 4th District Former Knoxville State Representative Harry Tindell, age 56, announces his intention to seek the 4th district seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. He currently lives in the Alice Bell / Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business.   […]

School system receives public input on rezoning

School system receives public input on rezoning

By Pete Gawda Concerned citizens, county commissioners, school officials, parents and students gathered in the South-Doyle Middle School library Tuesday night for the third of six public rezoning meetings concerning the new Gibbs and Hardin Valley middle schools. This particular meeting was primarily concerned with the effects of rezoning for the new Gibbs middle school. […]

Cirrus Aircraft Opens Vision Center Campus

Cirrus Aircraft Opens Vision Center Campus

By David Klein Cirrus Aircraft, co-founded in 1984 by CEO Dale Klapmeier, is bringing jobs and a facilities expansion to Knoxville. The Duluth, Minnesota aircraft company’s new Knoxville facility will be called the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center Campus and celebrated its grand opening Thursday night. According to the company website, The Vision Center facility will […]

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton emerged from the 1974 primary as the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. It had been a contentious primary in with twelve men competing for the nomination. Blanton had barely edged banker Jake Butcher to be the nominee. The Republicans had their own primary with Nat Winston, Dortch Oldham and Lamar Alexander running […]

State ranked Bearden girls settle down and remain unbeaten

PHOTO BY TAMMY KREGEL Sophomore wing Annaka Hall pressures a William Blount player in Bearden's rough and tumble 61-57 win last week.

State ranked Bearden girls settle down and remain unbeaten

By Steve Williams Coming off a 10-day layoff after winning its Super 16 holiday tournament, Bearden High’s unbeaten girls team showed up for a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Roller Derby broke out. At times, bodies were flying everywhere. Visiting William Blount, known for its hectic and chaotic style of play, battled the Lady […]

Hardin Valley’s leadoff dinner expected to be inspiring

Skylar Baker, Hardin Valley pitcher and first baseman, with Bryce Brentz in 2014 at Chad Bell's wedding. Skylar takes pitching lessons from Bell and has taken hitting lessons from Brentz and Chad Zurcher.

Hardin Valley’s leadoff dinner expected to be inspiring

  By Steve Williams Four South Knoxville products will be the featured speakers at Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball leadoff dinner this year, thanks to HVA social studies teacher Lisa Myers, who has ties to South Knoxville herself. “I signed up for leadoff banquet duty, with my guys in the back of my mind,” said Myers, […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 9, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 9, 2017

Fountain City group asks for help regarding traffic By Ken Lay Fountain City leaders and business owners took the first step in accomplishing some of their goals Thursday night at a meeting to discuss some traffic issues on North Broadway, Tazewell Pike and Beverly Road. Advocacy for Fountain City, a group of Fountain City residents, […]

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

By Ralphine Major She was a schoolteacher; he was a scoutmaster. “Their contributions to our families, our churches, and in our community have been selfless on their part and rewarding to our community,” Becky Calfee said. She is referring to Betty and Clayton Sharp, an outstanding couple of the Gibbs Community. Betty taught at Gibbs […]

Hall’s Red Devil CrossFit is a workout!

Hall’s Red Devil CrossFit is a workout!

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “After my first day of CrossFit I knew I wanted to be a coach,” said Laurie Hensley. The owner of Red Devil CrossFit says that for several years her husband encouraged her to open her own “box.” In September she found the ideal place for a CrossFit gym and opened Red […]

Ray Blanton, Part Three

Ray Blanton, Part Three

By Ray Hill After having lost the 1972 race for the U. S. Senate to incumbent Howard Baker by a wide margin, Ray Blanton found himself out of Congress. Blanton returned to Tennessee and immediately began planting the seeds for an expected bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1974. Democrats were shocked by the […]