The Knoxville Focus for September 19, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 19, 2016

Kroger Marketplace opens in Powell By Ken Lay The sounds of drums thundered through the air on a humid Wednesday morning in East Tennessee’s oldest community last week. Drumlines from rival Emory Road high schools, Powell and Halls, provided a festive atmosphere while area shoppers filtered in an out of Powell’s newest store. A new […]

Forum solicits suggestions on potential superintendent

Forum solicits suggestions on potential superintendent

By Ken Lay Interim Knox County Schools Superintendent Buzz Thomas makes it no secret that he wants the community involved in the process to find his replacement. He and some members of the board of education hosted a public forum to seek some public input on the matter at Central High School Thursday night. And […]

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

‘Alfalfa Bill’ Governor William H. Murray of Oklahoma

By Ray Hill “A college boy cannot successfully go through life by graduating in football, baseball or highballs, for the responsibilities of life are not ball-bearing.” – William H. Murray William H. Murray is almost invariably described as Oklahoma’s most colorful political figure.  Considering he went out of office in 1935, that is saying something.  […]

Visiting the World Trade Center

Visiting the World Trade Center

By Mike Steely Did you know that  it’s quicker to fly from Knoxville to New York than to drive from here to Bristol or Nashville? Yep, in just less than two hours you’re there and what a change of cultures. My wife and I recently spent six days in New York City, the first time […]

Neighborhood Council tours new Public Service Building

Neighborhood Council tours new Public Service Building

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville Neighborhood Council met Wednesday afternoon in the new Public Works Service building at 3131 Morris Avenue and Senior Director David A. Brace explained the building was constructed on a brown field site of the former Foote Mineral Company. The council usually meets in the Cansler YMCA but was invited […]

Catholic impressive in win over Fulton

PHOTO BY ROB DOUGHERTY Catholic High students are in a patriotic and festive mood as their Fighting Irish roll to a 69-42 win over Fulton.

Catholic impressive in win over Fulton

By Alex Norman Over the past few years Fulton and Catholic has turned into one of the state’s biggest rivalries. Today, it appears that the Fighting Irish have taken a step ahead of the Falcons. On Thursday, September 15th, top-ranked Catholic looked like the team to beat in Class 4A in Tennessee, knocking off Fulton […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 12, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for September 12, 2016

Wright Resumes Commission Chair Role By David Klein Four newly elected Knox County Commissioners met Thursday along with seven returning commissioners at a Knox County Commission Reorganization Meeting to appoint a chair and vice chair of the commission, and committee members. Newly elected commissioners Evelyn Gill of District 1, Michele Carringer of District 2, Hugh […]

Superintendent announces plan to remedy transportation issues

Superintendent announces plan to remedy transportation issues

By Ken Lay Interim Knox County School Superintendent Buzz Thomas announced a plan to bring an end to the school system’s transportation problem, which includes a shortage of bus drivers. He made his plan public at Tuesday’s Board of Education workshop meeting at the Andrew Johnson Building. Knox County Schools has been plagued by lack […]

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, Part II

The 1952 Senate Race in Tennessee, Part II

By Ray Hill Congressman Albert Gore, forty-four years old in 1952, was poised to challenge Tennessee’s most formidable vote getter, Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, in the Democratic primary. McKellar, eighty-three years old and ailing, remained an imposing candidate despite his infirmities. The longest serving senator in Tennessee’s history, McKellar was well liked by his people […]

This time it was the Roadrunners’ night on Broadway

Lexie Gilland/FulCom Chaton Mobley, Fulton running back, battles for yardage against a tough Austin-East defense Friday night. Mobley gave the Falcons an early lead, but the Roadrunners pulled out a 20-13 win.

This time it was the Roadrunners’ night on Broadway

By Steve Williams Austin-East finally made some noise in an old city rivalry Friday night and the echoes rumbled across the state. Better take the Roadrunners seriously in the Class 2A playoffs this season. A-E made the short trip to Broadway and stunned Fulton 20-13 for its first win over the Falcons in five years. […]

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