Thomas P Gore: Oklahoma’s Blind Senator

Thomas P Gore: Oklahoma’s Blind Senator

By Ray Hill Tennesseans recall our own two senators named Gore, but there was another, who was apparently a distant cousin, Thomas Pryor Gore. T. P. Gore accomplished much and enjoyed a long and successful career in spite of being blind. Gore had suffered two different childhood accidents that left him completely blind. Thomas P. […]

Former players return to coach at middle school camp

Former players return to coach at middle school camp

By Ken Lay Conley Hamilton and Bryson Cowden enjoyed their middle and high school basketball careers in Powell. They both graduated from high school recently. During their time at the middle school, they won a James A Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Tournament Championship in 2012. From there, Hamilton and Cowden moved on to Powell […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

Area mayors discuss loss of jail funding By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A meeting of East Tennessee Mayors  Thursday saw a discussion of the loss of state funds for state prisoners being housed in county jail. Maryville’s mayor, Tom Taylor, began the discussion by saying that Blount County’s seven mayors met on the situation last week […]

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

Robert Woods, as William Blount, chats with Alan Sims. Various historical characters appeared at both the “Franklin Day” and “Statehood Day” festivities at James White’s Fort.

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com James White, the founder of Knoxville, was at Fort James White Fort recently to commemorate the State of Franklin Day. So were John Sevier, William and Mary Blount, and many other period costumed characters. The characters, all members of Tennesseans for Living History, were at the fort as various historic figures […]

The New Deal in Tennessee III

The New Deal in Tennessee III

By Ray Hill With Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee assuming the Speaker’s chair in Congress, the Tennessee Congressional delegation in the House of Representatives faced a serious fight in protecting the Tennessee Valley Authority. Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska, considered the “father” of the TVA, had proposed amendments to the original legislation.  Norris’s amendments […]

Honor Fountain City Day was great!

Honor Fountain City Day was great!

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Good weather, great organization and a huge turnout all combined to make this year’s Honor Fountain City Day a success. The theme was “A Community of Volunteers” and the many people who  helped to organize and put on the recent celebration, sponsored by the Fountain City Town Hall, were evident as […]

Doyle receives all-state lacrosse honors

Doyle receives all-state lacrosse honors

By Ken Lay SEYMOUR – For the first time in its program’s five-year history, the Seymour High School girls lacrosse team has an-all state player. That honor recently went to sophomore attacker Ryann Doyle. She was named to the squad by the coaches in the Tennessee Girls Lacrosse Association. Doyle, who scored 92 goals and […]

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