Harmony and Hymns III

Jeannette Thomas and Joyce Clark preparing for a mission trip to Appalachia, courtesy of David and Melba Hill

Harmony and Hymns III

By Ralphine Major Margie and Walter Maples shared one experience that stands out in TOTS’ memory when they participated in one of the Appalachian Enterprise mission trips to needy areas led by Mrs. Jeannette Thomas. This particular two-day mission was to a small church in the coal mining area of West Virginia. Somehow, communications with […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

Buzz Thomas Appointed Interim Superintendent By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the Board of Education approved Oliver “Buzz” Thomas to be the Interim Superintendent of Knox County Schools. Thomas currently serves as President of Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit organization best known for expanding the Community Schools Initiative begun at Pond Gap Elementary by UT’s […]

Knoxville encourages youth with Play Ball initiative

Knoxville encourages youth with Play Ball initiative

By Ken Lay Major League Baseball officially returned on April 4 and Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero celebrated by announcing her affiliation with the US Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative. Rogero held a press conference at Market Square. After she addressed the media, she played a little pickup whiffle ball […]

Lassie

Lassie

By Ray Hill It is quite likely there is hardly anyone who grew up in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s who cannot fondly recall the adventures of a particular collie named Lassie.  Most of us marveled at Lassie’s intelligence and bravery and her unending devotion to her owner.   Our hearts skipped a beat when […]

Knoxville breaks ground on Old City Gardens

Knoxville breaks ground on Old City Gardens

By Ken Lay Randy Boyd always wanted to give city residents an opportunity to grow flowers or vegetables and enjoy the pleasures of gardening and he made it happen. The City of Knoxville recently broke ground on the Old City Gardens, which are scheduled to open later this spring. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and City […]

Harmony and Hymns

Harmony and Hymns

By Ralphine Major The new gospel singing group that Walter Maples helped to start in 2004 needed a name. They were all choir members, but no longer all members of the late Charlie Hatchett’s department. Thus, the inspirational group “The Old Time Singers” or TOTS was formed. TOTS originally began with Dorothy Johnson, soprano; Mary […]

Fifty Years for the Steelys

Fifty Years for the Steelys

Mike and Lettie Steely celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary April 1st in Washington, D.C., where they lived during the first years of their marriage. The Steelys have two adult sons, Michael Howard and Burton Ross, two grandchildren, Bethe and Gage, and two step-grandchildren, Julia and Sean. Mike, a writer for The Knoxville Focus, was a […]

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