Sometimes it comes down to no accounting

Sometimes it comes down to no accounting

By Steve Hunley Lots of folks have heard about the State of California threatening to secede from the Union.  Personally, I don’t think there’d be that many people sorry to see them go.  Recently, the California State Senate passed a universal healthcare bill; actually, to be more direct about, the Golden State Senate approved authorization […]

Brenda Palmer 3rd District City Council

Brenda Palmer 3rd District City Council

Five very active Knoxville City Council members will be leaving office this year due to term limits. The Focus has asked each member a few questions about their years on the council. Compiled by Mike Steely. Brenda Palmer represents the Third District and serves as Chair of the Knoxville Beer Board. She is also on […]

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

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

By Ray Hill Disappointed by his failure to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Dr. John R. Neal continued to be the Volunteer State’s political gadfly extraordinaire. John R. Neal ran for the United States Senate eighteen times, governor nine times and the U. S. House of Representatives once. […]

‘Bats and Bones’ draws huge crowd

‘Bats and Bones’ draws huge crowd

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were more people than there were chairs Tuesday when two experts talked about “Bats and Bones” in Cherokee Caverns on Oak Ridge Highway.  Cave manager and noted spelunker Jim Whidby was joined by forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass. Before the presentation the temperature outside was muggy and in the 80s, […]

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, […]

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