Finally, a season Maybrier could have and cherish

Finally, a season Maybrier could have and cherish

By Steve Williams For the first time in her high school career, Bailey Maybrier got to play an injury-free soccer season as a senior last fall. And she made the most of it. Maybrier set school records for goals scored (32) and goals and assists combined (46) as Central’s offensive player of the year, helping […]

Board of education surpluses lot for proposed Lonsdale center

Board of education surpluses lot for proposed Lonsdale center

By Pete Gawda At a rather lengthy Knox County Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, board members, other government officials, interested citizens and parents expressed their opinions on discipline policies, the proposed Lonsdale youth recreation facility, school rezoning and transgender issues. The board apparently had second thoughts about changes to school system policies on discipline. […]

Dr. John R. Neal: Tennessee’s Eccentric II

Dr. John R. Neal:  Tennessee’s Eccentric II

By Ray Hill Dr. John Randolph Neal had some solid achievements under his belt, both as a state legislator and educator, yet there was growing dissatisfaction at the University of Tennessee.  That dissatisfaction seemed to be confined largely to administrators, as Dr. Neal was apparently quite popular with his students.  By 1923, those same administrators […]

Building on the skeleton of South High School

Building on the skeleton of South High School

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Old South High School is a landmark of South Knoxville. The skeleton of the huge brick structure sits next to the Sarah Simpson Professional Development and Technology Center which houses the Knox County Museum of Education. On the walls of the museum are two glass cases with South High School mementos, […]

Galyon uses sports to spread faith, fun at area camp

Galyon uses sports to spread faith, fun at area camp

By Ken Lay When Scott Galyon’s NFL career ended in 2002, he decided to go into pharmaceutical sales. He was one of many former athletes to find employment in that line of work. But he quickly discovered that sales wasn’t his calling. “A lot of former athletes do that,” said Galyon, a Seymour High School […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for June 5, 2017

Jack Huddleston Day By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The turnout Friday to honor former commissioner and community advocate Jack Huddleston was a gathering of “Who’s Who” of Knox County elected officials. Burchett organized the effort and dozens of current and former officials gathered at Harbison Crossroads at Emory Road and Tazewell Pike to thank Huddleston for […]

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

Another Assault on Freedom, Free Speech

By Steve Hunley The mainstream media seems ever more comfortable in its refusal to cover increasing assaults on freedom and free speech.  Take the case of Bret Weinstein, a professor of biology at Evergreen State College in Washington State.  Keep in mind, Weinstein is no fire-breathing conservative nor is he a card-carrying Republican.  Quite the […]

Catching up with Senator Briggs

Catching up with Senator Briggs

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com How many things can one person do in a lifetime? How many encounters with history can a person encounter? In the case of State Senator Richard Briggs—retired Army Colonel with wartime duty in the Middle East, cardiothoracic surgeon, family man, former Knox County Commissioner and now Tennessee State Senator— his life […]

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