Texas Liberal: Senator Ralph Yarborough

Texas Liberal: Senator Ralph Yarborough

By Ray Hill While now an apparently Republican “red” state, Texas was once solidly Democratic.  Like Tennessee, Texas has produced some interesting political personalities; Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Senator Tom Connally, Governor John Connally (no relation to Tom), Governor Ann Richards, George Bush and not least of all, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Ralph Yarborough […]

Bearden runs past Kingsport to state

Bearden’s Ques Glover (0) attempts a 3-point shot as Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett’s Marae Foreman leaps to defend. Glover scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Indians in last week’s State Sectional game. With the victory, Bearden earns a second consecutive trip to the Class AAA State Tournament. Photo by Jack Tate.

Bearden runs past Kingsport to state

By Ken Lay Bearden High School’s boys basketball team earned a shot at redemption on Monday, March 5. The Bulldogs now have a chance to take care of some unfinished business when they make a return trip to Murfreesboro for the Class AAA State Tournament. “It feels great to be going back to state,” Bearden […]

Fifth time the charm as GCA nets first state crown

Fifth time the charm as GCA nets first state crown

By Steve Williams Opposites attract, even in basketball. Grace Christian Academy and Webb School matched up five times this season because their different styles of play made them the two best TSSAA Division II-A teams in the state. First-year GCA head coach Brandon Clifford respected how Webb could “grind” on opponents, including his Rams. The […]

When Government Fails An Entire Community

When Government Fails An Entire Community

By Steve Hunley The shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was terrible enough, but if it is possible, it is worse still due to a complete breakdown in the entire governmental system.  The failures encompass chiefly law enforcement agencies, but there is evidence there was a failure with social services and the […]

Fulton teams up to outscore Alcoa standout and take title

Fulton teams up to outscore Alcoa standout and take title

  By Steve Williams Alcoa’s Dante Harris looked like the best player on David Marsh Court. The talented sophomore guard had 18 points by halftime and the Tornadoes were battering Fulton by nine in the Region 2-AA championship game at Alcoa Thursday night. Inside the Falcons’ dressing room during intermission, junior post Deshaun Page said […]

E.L. Mechem of New Mexico: BIG ED

E.L. Mechem of New Mexico: BIG ED

By Ray Hill   New Mexico entered the union on January 6, 1912 and it became fertile ground for rough and tumble politics that swung from the outrageous to the brutal. Elections routinely were influenced by money and there were frequent charges of voter fraud. One of New Mexico’s first U. S. senators was Albert […]

Good People shop sells 1960s fashions

Good People shop sells 1960s fashions

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are in a ‘60s state of mind and longing for that tie-dyed shirt, then than Good People is the store you’ll want to visit. Rick Whitener and Kathy Dawn, son and mother, operate the family-friendly ‘60s themed store located at 4026 Chapman Highway. It’s something they’ve wanted to […]

Admirals topple Ice Dawgs 6-1 to claim hoist Moore Cup

Admirals topple Ice Dawgs 6-1 to claim hoist Moore Cup

  By Ken Lay A perfect run recently netted the Farragut High School Hockey Club a fourth consecutive Moore Cup. The Admirals will now enter the Blue Division State Tournament with some hardware and an unblemished 12-0 record. Farragut defeated the Bearden Ice Dawgs 6-1 on Monday, Feb. 26 to hoist the cup awarded to […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 26, 2018

The Knoxville Focus for February 26, 2018

Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center to be renamed   By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville visitors, newcomers and many local residents have been confused for years about events being held at the Knoxville Convention Center. The problem is there are two “Centers” in the World’s Fair Park just off Henley Street. Separated by The Tennessean hotel, […]

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