The Knoxville Focus for August 7, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for August 7, 2017

Mayor Burchett announces Congress run By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has been waiting in the wings of the political theatre for Congressman John Duncan Jr. to decide if he will seek re-election. The long-term congressman, who followed his father into that office, announced last week that he will not run again. […]

McMillan Zero Tolerance For Discrimination

McMillan Zero Tolerance For Discrimination

By Steve Hunley   The Knox County Board of Education has been supposedly wrestling with a new policy for disciplining students.  The Board has been urged to adopt “restorative policies”, which focus less on punishment than welcoming those students who commit offenses once deemed appropriate for suspension with open arms and attempting to reason with […]

Old Knoxville High School will be 80 senior apartments

Old Knoxville High School will be 80 senior apartments

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Walking through the hallways of the old Knoxville High School brings back memories for any older person who went to high school anywhere. The large facility at 101 East Fifth Avenue has four buildings and is being converted for senior living. Recently Knox Heritage invited the public to see the progress […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, IV

When Two Congressmen Collide, IV

By Ray Hill Ridley Mitchell, the colorful congressman from Tennessee’s Fourth District, suddenly found himself embroiled in a debate with fellow Representative John J. Cochran of Missouri, an effective and acerbic speaker. The topic was the seemingly unimportant removal of Bedford County in Mitchell’s Congressional district to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Winchester, […]

Gallegos, CAK product, ready to compete on the next level

Gallegos, CAK product, ready to compete on the next level

By Steve Williams Isaac Gallegos said his No. 1 goal this football season is to win the starting job as place-kicker at Tusculum College. “They recruited some talented kickers and I’m looking forward to competing,” said the former Christian Academy of Knoxville player via e-mail last week. Gallegos, who planned to leave this past Saturday […]

Fulmer discusses suicide prevention at KCS in-service session

Fulmer discusses suicide prevention at KCS in-service session

By Ken Lay The halls and classrooms were largely empty at Farragut High School last week but teachers and administrators were there. They were preparing to welcome students back today. But Tuesday afternoon, the teachers addressed a dark issue confronting students in today’s world as they discussed the growing problem of teenage suicide, an issue […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 31, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for July 31, 2017

School system is serious about safety   By Pete Gawda Knox County Schools mean business when it comes to the safety of students. That fact was apparent at a school safety press conference held Thursday morning at South-Doyle Middle School in preparation for the start of school on August 7. Superintendent of Schools Bob Thomas, […]

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

Alvin Frye gave 93 years to family, community

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city lost an icon, a leader and beloved senior citizen July 22 when Fountain City’s Alvin Glenn Frye passed away at 93. Alvin Frye was a Navy veteran of both WWI and the Korean War. He was an active member of the Fountain City Lions Club, Knoxville Rotary Club and […]

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

Two teachers behind Frankie Housley honors

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The efforts of two teachers and their students led to recognizing a Knoxville hero recently with the dedication of the Mary Francis (Frankie) Housley Bridge just below Gresham Middle School in Fountain City. The Holbrook Drive bridge was named in honor of the Central High School graduate who became an airline […]

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

When Two Congressmen Collide, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee Congressman Ewin L. Davis, a veteran of fourteen years, had lost his seat to freshman legislator J. Ridley Mitchell in the 1932 Democratic primary.  Mitchell’s district had been dismembered by the Tennessee General Assembly causing Mitchell to move from Crossville to Cookeville.  Mitchell, remaining the underdog for most of the campaign, […]

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