Tennessee and American Neutrality, VI

Tennessee and American Neutrality, VI

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had declared himself solidly behind Secretary of State Cordell Hull’s plan to revise the neutrality act.  McKellar had also urged President Franklin Roosevelt to call Congress into special session to consider neutrality legislation following Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland.  McKellar had visited with reporters […]

Tennessee State Republicans Racing to Raise Gas Taxes

Tennessee State Republicans Racing to Raise Gas Taxes

By Steve Hunley Say it ain’t so. Republicans raising taxes? Tennessee’s Republican governor, Republican-controlled state senate and Republican-controlled house of representatives are moving with lightning speed to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. As it stands now, the gasoline tax would increase by 28% while the tax on diesel fuel would increase 65%. This […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part V

Tennessee and American Neutrality, Part V

By Ray Hill Neither President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull intended to retreat from their demands that Congress renew the cash and carry provision of the neutrality law, while also removing the arms embargo on belligerent nations. The noninterventionists and isolationists in Congress, having won the fight in the House of Representative through […]

Coach Ken Sparks

Coach Ken Sparks

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) By Ralphine Major My cell phone rang.  The caller was letting me know that he would not be able to attend our reunion.  As a former teacher and coach at Gibbs High School, Ken Sparks […]

ORNL partners with Vine to promote science, engineering

ORNL partners with Vine to promote science, engineering

By Ken Lay Students from Vine Magnet Middle School got the opportunity to see science in action Thursday morning with the help from scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL is a working partner with Vine; one of Knox County’s Community Schools and has been active in the school’s science classes since the beginning of […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 27, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for March 27, 2017

County Commission questions Care Center location By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Former Knox County Commissioner Mike Brown sat up front during the commission’s work session last week and listened to the many, many questions coming from the elected officials about the proposed Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center. For eight years Brown spearheaded the commission’s efforts to […]

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