A hidden gem in Gibbs

A hidden gem in Gibbs

By Ralphine Major It was a backyard gathering at a place I had never been before.  I could hear the children’s laughter as they ran and played.  Folks were sitting in lawn chairs under a big shade tree.  I imagined that it was a scene much like in the day of the Nicholas Gibbs family. […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 31, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 31, 2016

CASA Volunteers, H.A.B.I.T. Dogs Sworn In By David Klein Tuesday morning at Knox County Juvenile Court, Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Irwin swore in ten CASA volunteers and eight H.A.B.I.T. service dogs with seven handlers for an oath of service to assist children affected by abuse and neglect. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of EAST Tennessee) […]

The New Deal in Tennessee II

The New Deal in Tennessee II

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s delegation in Congress in 1932 was effective and able; it would make a big difference in providing jobs for desperate Tennesseans, as well as flooding the state with projects and improvements. Congressman Joseph W. Byrns of Nashville was well on his way to his eventual rise to become Speaker of the […]

Story and Catholic boys lead local athletes in state track

Knoxville Catholic's boys track and field team with medals and awards after capturing the school's first-ever Class A-AA state championship Friday at MTSU. From left to right: Jake Renfree, Amari Rodgers, Jake Poczobut, Head Coach Sean O'Neil, Alec Connolly, William Doktycz, Johnathan Chavez, Georde Goodwyn, Ethan Tornstrom.

Story and Catholic boys lead local athletes in state track

By Steve Williams Four-time winner Rebecca Story and Catholic’s boys team led Knoxville-area participants in the TSSAA state track and field meet last week at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Story, the Christian Academy of Knoxville sophomore who is one of the nation’s top prep distance runners, for starters brought the Lady Warriors from […]

Two streets renamed for citizens

Two streets renamed for citizens

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Two distinguished Knoxville businessman may be honored soon with the renaming of two streets. One of the men is a living legend in the African American community and the other was a well-respected merchant and leader of the Pond Gap neighborhood. Both street name changes were suggested by two current community […]

Sobota and Reynolds shine in multi-event competition

Bearden junior Jacob Sobota, with Coach Patty Tracy Thewes, after finishing second in the Class AAA state decathlon.

Sobota and Reynolds shine in multi-event competition

By Steve Williams Jacob Sobota of Bearden High was one event away from being the 2016 Class AAA state decathlon champion last Tuesday but had to settle for second place. It wasn’t for a lack of determination, however, noted Coach Patty Tracy Thewes. Rhea County’s Chase Sholl ran the final event, the 1500-meter run, in […]

The band played on

The band played on

By Dan Andrews Although the school year had ended for members of the Karns Middle School Jazz Ensemble, they took to the stage again to give an outstanding show on Tuesday, May 24 on Market Square. Many folks crossing the square for different reasons, myself included, stopped to listen to these youngsters and appreciate their […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 23, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 23, 2016

New book may be on hand for Honor Fountain City Day By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Fountain City historian Jim Tumblin has written another book on the community and hopes to have copies available for Honor Fountain City Day on Monday, May 30th. The annual event begins at 10 a.m. and Dr. Tumblin will be the […]

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