John Nance Garner as Vice President

John Nance Garner as Vice President

By Ray Hill Few men have been as colorful as John Nance Garner of Texas. Garner spent thirty-eight years in Washington, D. C., and the last eight as vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, Garner shunned the limelight, preferring to make his considerable presence felt in the corridors of power and hidden offices of […]

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

Our National Landmarks: Railroad Depots

By Mikes Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville is celebrating 225 years this year and you probably don’t realize that the city and its county have some 111 places on the National Register of Historic Sites. That includes not only historic homes and buildings but also landmarks. You probably know our “main” sites on the national registry but […]

CTE Goes Live

CTE Goes Live

Emily Ann Roberts signs Camille Clark’s autograph at the CTE Goes Live kick off held last Wednesday at Toyota Knoxville. Roberts won last year’s event and went on to place second in the television show The Voice. CTE Goes Live will be held on May 6 at Market Square, giving contestants from fifteen Knox County […]

Katie’s Kloset Comes To Knoxville

Katie’s Kloset Comes To Knoxville

By Mikes Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Katie’s Kloset Consignment just might be your new favorite place to shop. Open since 2000 in Alcoa, Katie’s Kloset is now open in West Knoxville. The family owned business located in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center is more than a consignment shop. They also buy and trade new and previously owned […]

Sam Houston comes home

Sam Houston comes home

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been said that if it wasn’t for Tennessee there would be no Texas. That saying refers to  the influx of people from our state to what was then the northern territory of Mexico and the number of those people who promoted and fought the Texas Revolution. East Texas even […]

Food truck rules may be opposed

Food truck rules may be opposed

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s two-year pilot project to allow and regulate food trucks is on the way to becoming an official ordinance and, overall, the trial program has been very successful. But the Community Forum has some hard questions about parts of the proposed rules. The ordinance discussion is on the city council […]

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Tennessee, like every other state in the union, had been devastated by the Great Depression. The suffering in Tennessee was accentuated by the fact almost seven million dollars in state money had been lost when Caldwell and Company, one of the largest banking enterprises in the South, collapsed. That had caused Governor […]

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

Photo By Dan Andrews Commissioner Mike Brown being interviewed by Mike Steely. The retiring commissioner and community leader says he has lots to keep him busy after he leaves the commission.

MIKE BROWN ‘I don’t regret a minute of it’

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Mike Brown is known as being the “bulldog” of the Knox County Commission due to his eight years of speaking his mind as commissioner. His words are often colored with unique, descriptive and folksy phrasing that gets his point across. “I believe in telling it like it is,” Brown told The […]

State champion Fulton hung its hat on depth and a suffocating defense

Fulton Falcons hoist the gold basketball trophy after pulling away from Chattanooga Brainerd 59-50 in the TSSAA Class AA state championship game at MTSU in Murfreesboro on March 19.

State champion Fulton hung its hat on depth and a suffocating defense

By Steve Williams Fulton’s basketball team built a comfortable first-half lead in the TSSAA Class AA state championship game, but veteran head coach Jody Wright knew his Falcons had to keep working. “Brainerd is the type of team you can’t relax against,” Wright told a state-wide television audience on his way to the dressing room […]

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