Old Gray restoration campaign needs your help

Old Gray restoration campaign needs your help

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Many improvements are underway at the Old Gray Cemetery in downtown Knoxville and additional funding is needed to top off an effort named “Trees, Trails and Traditions.” Russell B. Kuhlman, president of the board of directors, notified members and the public by mail recently of the effort noting that 75% […]

Ned Carmack, Part II

Ned Carmack, Part II

By Ray Hill W. “Ned” Carmack’s campaign for the United States Senate ended on a dusty road in rural West Tennessee under circumstances never resolved. Carmack’s wife Charlotte arrived to whisk him home to Murfreesboro, where Carmack spent some time in a hospital. Found unconscious, beaten, bloodied and partially paralyzed, Ned Carmack was forced to […]

High schoolers give and receive during holiday season

The Hardin Valley Academy dance team capped its mini-camp Dec. 15 by performing with the Jr. Hawkettes.

High schoolers give and receive during holiday season

By Steve Williams Every holiday season it seems Central High cheerleaders ring bells for the Salvation Army and paint faces and make pot holders at the Fantasy of Trees. The tradition continued this year. What do the cheerleaders get out of this community service? Three members of Coach Jackie Raley’s squad answered the question. “What […]

Farragut dance team earns state honors

Farragut High's dance team captured its third straight state championship in this year's Small Varsity Pom division and also placed second in the Small Varsity Jazz division. First row (left to right): Grace Reed, Olivia Rice, Presley Packer (senior co-captain), Tatum Allen (senior captain), Mackenzie Wilcox and Taylor Gee. Second row (left to right): Hannah Kochanski, Brenna Bocik, Brooke Thayer, Shelby Elam, Lucy Watkins and Bridget Gibson.

Farragut dance team earns state honors

By Steve Williams Farragut High’s dance team, led by seniors Presley Packer and Tatum Allen, took first place in the TSSAA’s Small Varsity Pom division for the third year in a row and also placed second in Small Varsity Jazz. “We practice multiple hours every week to prepare for competition,” said Coach Adonia Adams. “Our […]

Saunders elected vice mayor

Saunders elected vice mayor

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfoucs.com In their first votes as new members of the Knoxville City Council the five newly elected members voted unanimously with the remaining four members to select Councilman Finbarr Saunders as Vice Mayor. The five members split on the election of a Beer Board Chairman with Gwen McKenzie, Seema Perez, Marshall Stair […]

Fire Station #12 reborn

Fire Station #12 reborn

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com At one time the Fire Station #12 was the furthest fire station from downtown Knoxville. Built in 1930 the station was built on property owned by the Lonas family. Recently the historic old station got a complete makeover to bring it up to date and make it more comfortable for the […]

Ned Carmack I

Ned Carmack I

By Ray Hill Edward Ward Carmack, Jr. possessed a name made famous by his father.  E. W. Carmack had been a congressman, United States senator and only just barely missed having been elected governor; the elder Carmack had also been a newspaper editor who deftly used his pen to praise his friends and torture his […]

Renfree turns a good season into an ‘incredible’ one

Renfree turns a good season into an ‘incredible’ one

By Steve Williams Jake Renfree, Knoxville Catholic junior, had a good cross country season. In the annual KIL meet in October, he finished runner-up behind three-time champion Carter Coughlin of Webb School. In November at the TSSAA state meet, Renfree placed fourth in the Large Schools division. Most prep harriers would love to have such […]

Catholic’s Brock Jancek is making big-time strides

Catholic’s Brock Jancek is making big-time strides

By Steve Williams Brock Jancek was a beast inside for Knoxville Catholic in its run to the TSSAA Class AA state basketball championship game last season. The 6-7, 215-pound power forward continues to be a force under the basket in his senior year, but the improvement of his game overall is what has impressed veteran […]

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