Busy Summer Leads to Even Busier Fall

Busy Summer Leads to Even Busier Fall

Summer is generally the season when most students enjoy time off from school activities, but it wasn’t the case for many Seymour High School choral students.  This past summer, Matt Gainey, Lydia Ogle, and Hannah Williams auditioned for and were accepted into the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.  While in attendance for six […]

Horace Maynard

Horace Maynard

By Ray Hill There are quite a few things named for Horace Maynard in our community, not the least of which is Maynardville.  Yet, few people seem to recall Horace Maynard, who was one of the masters of Tennessee’s rough and tumble politics before and after the Civil War. Horace Maynard was, at one time […]

Templeton is a champion and team leader

Templeton is a champion and team leader

Hardin Valley sweeps KIL cross country titles By Steve Williams After breezing to victory in the annual Knoxville Interscholastic League cross country meet and taking a few seconds to catch his breath, Aaron Templeton didn’t leave for the tent area. Instead, he stayed to shout encouragement to his Hardin Valley Academy teammates as they approached […]

Volunteer spirit at its finest

Volunteer spirit at its finest

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com “One of the pillars of our ‘Vol for Life’ program is the goal of becoming champions in the community as well as in the classroom and on the field.” said University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Proving that the volunteer spirit extends far beyond the gridiron, University of Tennessee […]

Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

By Ray Hill Before Strom Thurmond, Theodore Francis Green was well known for some years as being the oldest member of the United States Senate. First elected when he was sixty-nine years old, Theodore Francis Green frustrated several generations of aspiring politicians who figured a vacancy was imminent. Green served twenty-four years in the Senate […]

KAAR donates over 200 backpacks to area youth

KAAR donates over 200 backpacks to area youth

By Tasha Mahurin tasha@knoxfocus.com “This is the third year we have been invited to join Youth Villages in this effort, and we appreciate the opportunity to support them as well as the hundreds of local families they work with in an effort to help those families stay together,” Carleen Palmer with The Knoxville Area Association […]

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI: Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI:  Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

By Ray Hill Francis Biddle, was Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and noted Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar could be “obstinate” and “vindictive”, but was careful to note McKellar was “shrewd”. Biddle also added that McKellar “never forgot”. It was McKellar’s long memory that caused the Tennessean to bedevil […]