Basketball has been a ‘blessing’ in life of Karns honoree

Julia Martin is a versatile athlete at First Baptist Academy in Powell, competing in basketball, swimming, soccer and track and field. She also was FBA's first-ever TSSAA state qualifier, advancing to the Spring Fling in the pentathlon in May.

Basketball has been a ‘blessing’ in life of Karns honoree

By Steve Williams Don’t be surprised if Savanah Pope ends up being a high school basketball coach someday. The Karns High graduate already has shown she can play the game, be a leader and coach youngsters in AAU summer ball. “I plan to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the next two years in the […]

A DAY AWAY: Who built state parks in Tennessee?

A DAY AWAY: Who built state parks in Tennessee?

By Mike Steely Ever wonder who built the state parks in Tennessee? The parks—with pools, trails, campgrounds, roads, parking lots, pavilions, cabins, dams and administration buildings— didn’t just spontaneously appear. As I’ve written before, my wife and I have visited all but one of the 59 Tennessee State Parks and what surprised us was the […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 5, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for July 5, 2016

Try out Knoxville Transit with Free Rides Friday By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you don’t usually ride the Knoxville City buses or trolleys you may want to step aboard and see what you’ve been missing. While there are lots of parking spaces downtown, the only trouble is finding one. The city is instituting new parking […]

Buzz Thomas Off To A Good Start

Buzz Thomas Off To A Good Start

By Steve Hunley Interim School Superintendent Buzz Thomas is off to a good start with his letter to the community.  Thomas has hit the right note by clearly indicating he’s cognizant of every stakeholder involved in the school system, which extends beyond teachers, students, and parents.  Buzz Thomas even mentioned the taxpayers, a group Jim […]

Farmers Markets growing in the area

Michelle Taja Durham, Artisan

Farmers Markets growing in the area

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “We’ve got about 30 vendors with everything including local tomatoes, sweet corn, beans, okra, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and berries,” said Jeff Cannon. Cannon and his wife, Virginia, host the Dixie Lee Farmers Market every Saturday morning from May to October in the parking lot of the Renaissance Center at Dixie Lee […]

Thank you, Pat Summitt

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Thank you, Pat Summitt

By Mark Nagi You couldn’t script it if you tried… A girl from a small town in the middle of Tennessee wins more games than any basketball coach in history… But Pat Summitt was so much more than that. Pat was, simply put, one of the most important people in the history of our state, […]

On a mission, Trentham’s ‘team’ connects with children

In addition to tennis, Wallen won post-season honors in football and wrestling.

On a mission, Trentham’s ‘team’ connects with children

By Steve Williams Softball standout Samantha Trentham enjoyed a victory of a different kind last week as she went to Mexico on a mission trip. “We have been loving on and witnessing to the children down here and being ‘Jesus with skin on,’ which has kind of become our motto,” e-mailed Trentham, Seymour High’s female […]

Thackerson is an early bird (Eagle) at Carson-Newman

By Steve Williams Tyler Thackerson already has turned a page on the new chapter in his life. The record-setting Clinton High quarterback has begun preparation for his first year at Carson-Newman University. “Since I reported to Carson-Newman in early June, my main focus has been completing two summer classes, working out every day and to […]

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