Ground broken for new middle schools

Ground broken for new middle schools

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Gibbs and Hardin Valley communities had reason to celebrate Friday as they each took one step closer to the construction of their new middle schools. As groundbreaking was about to take place Friday morning at the site of the future Gibbs Middle School, several elected officials spoke to the […]

Tombras approved for TIF for KUB Building

Tombras approved for TIF for KUB Building

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The former Knoxville Utilities Board Building on Gay Street, empty for about 16 years, may get a new owner and tenant thanks to action by the Knox County Commission and the Knoxville City Council Tuesday. The Tombras Group, a national advertising agency with four locations around the nation and currently […]

Mr. Republican: Robert A. Taft of Ohio, II

Mr. Republican: Robert A. Taft of Ohio, II

By Ray Hill Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio had just lost his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination at the Philadelphia convention in 1948.  Worse still, Taft had lost to his bitter rival, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey.  The two men didn’t particularly like one another and it seemed a certainty that […]

Heritage gets hot, ends HVA’s season 77-58

Heritage gets hot, ends HVA’s season 77-58

By Ken Lay Hardin Valley Academy’s boys basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end Thursday night. The fourth-seeded Hawks dropped a 77-58 decision to Heritage in the District 4-AAAA Quarterfinals at West High School. It was a tough loss for Hardin Valley in a roller-coaster season but junior Aaron Dykes is ready […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 15, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for February 15, 2016

McMillan Questions State Officials Over Failed Test By Focus Staff Mike McMillan, East Knox County’s member of the Knox County Board of Education, has queried state officials about the failed TN-Ready testing.  State education officials had to advise superintendents across Tennessee that students would have to go back to using paper and pencils to take […]

Who will choose for you?

Who will choose for you?

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel has dutifully endorsed Grant Standefer (2nd District) and Rueben “Buddy” Pelot (5th District) for the Knox County Board of Education.  They have also endorsed Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong’s opponent in the coming primary elections.  These endorsements were to be expected as the News Sentinel has been the […]

Susan Horn: Profile of a Survivor

Susan Horn: Profile of a Survivor

By Sally Absher   Anyone who has ever done so knows that running for elected office can be stressful and demanding. We applaud all the candidates who have stepped up to run in the Knox County primary election March 1. Currently seen as the Fifth District frontrunner, Board of Education candidate Susan Horn is a […]

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

By Ray Hill There are likely more pedigrees in politics than the American Kennel Club and if anyone ever possessed a pedigree, it would be Robert Alphonso Taft of Ohio.  For decades, Robert A. Taft was one of the most prominent members of the United States Senate.  The power of his intellect was acknowledged by […]

Richey becomes first Knight to ink athletic scholarship

Richey becomes first Knight to ink athletic scholarship

By Ken Lay When Brent Richey signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Chattanooga State Community College, he became the first student-athlete from Knoxville Christian School to receive an athletic scholarship. “This is just absolutely amazing,” said Richey, who plays both basketball and baseball for the Knights. “It’s awesome to be a […]

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