The Knoxville Focus for December 27, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for December 27, 2016

Cash Mob at Alvin Frye’s Exxon brings friends and donations By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com How do you honor a person who has been in the same business for more than 60 years and has been a community leader, volunteer, and a respected character? Alvin Frye isn’t well and his EXXON Station on Broadway in Fountain […]

Do Local Officials STILL Not Get It?

Do Local Officials STILL Not Get It?

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education met last week with the Knox County Legislative delegation and the Knox County Commission to discuss the legislative agenda for the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly.  The vice chair of the board of education was quoted as saying there are no failed schools, only […]

Ray Blanton, Part One

Ray Blanton, Part One

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton is little remembered today save for one thing: the corruption of his administration. Compared to many of Tennessee’s more significant historical figures, Blanton’s political career was not long, but it was impossible not to notice the man who became governor. While Ray Blanton was considered by many to be a […]

Remembering Larry Graham

Remembering Larry Graham

After a family trip to Dollywood, the Graham family parted ways on August 16, 2015. It would be the last time Larry Graham’s children would feel the caring touch from their father and hear “I love you baby and be careful.” The family was forever changed when a driver under the influence of narcotics caused […]

Forum gives views on beer sales, new trash canisters

Forum gives views on beer sales, new trash canisters

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville City Council got an earful Tuesday night when Rev. Doug Stauffer of the Antioch Baptist Church spoke in public forum and called some of the council out by name for their vote recently to do away with the distance required between beer sellers and churches. Stauffer demanded a compromise […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 19, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for December 19, 2016

High schools again provide holiday helpers By Steve Williams While much of Knoxvillians’ interest, along with their thoughts and prayers, has been in the deadly and destructive wildfires that struck the Sevier County area recently, the holiday season has continued with its many events on the local scene. And once again, high school student-athletes and […]

Whining about the Electoral College

Whining about the Electoral College

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel came out last week with a milquetoast editorial noting the Democrats, still smarting over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, want to debate the need for the Electoral College.  Eventually the Sentinel came to the point after traipsing around the edge of the […]

‘Tribute Truckster’ is now rolling year round

‘Tribute Truckster’ is now rolling year round

By Steve Williams In its fourth year on the roads of Knoxville and East Tennessee, the Family Truckster is looking better than ever. Owner Dave Moore has given her a bright, fresh pea-green paint job, the same color she donned when the Christmas Vacation movie, starring Chevy Chase, came out in 1989. But it’s not […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

Senator Howard Baker, Part Eleven

By Ray Hill Senator Howard Baker entered the fall general election after having followed a strategy of organizing early and avoiding controversy. Baker’s opponent, Jane Eskind, had won the Democratic primary by self-funding and had tried to take advantage of the senator’s support for the Panama Canal Treaty. The treaty was not popular in many […]

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