Establishment Politics

Establishment Politics

  By Steve Hunley If you ever want to know what the business elite and political establishment think, simply read the News Sentinel.  The Chamber of Commerce types, business elite and powers that be are waging a furious assault to drive Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong out of office.  They’ve tried several different […]

Revisiting Bearden

Revisiting Bearden

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are new to Knoxville you’ve probably familiar with Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike, the one-in-the-same street that runs from downtown all the way to Farragut and on to Loudon County. Driving west from downtown, past the churches and stately homes in the Sequoyah Hills  neighborhood, you’ll enter Bearden as […]

Arthur Capper of Kansas

Arthur Capper of Kansas

By Ray Hill “If you trust the people, they will trust you.” Arthur Capper Before there was Bob Dole, there was Arthur Capper. Capper was the most successful politician in Kansas for decades. Of the many campaigns he waged, he lost only one. He served two terms as governor and served in the United States […]

Halls routs Farragut and claims league title

Halls routs Farragut and claims league title

By Ken Lay Two wins on consecutive days netted the Halls Middle School girls basketball team a Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference regular-season championship. The Lady Demons nailed down the title with victories on Wednesday and Thursday at home and they’ll be the top seed in the upcoming James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 25, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for January 25, 2016

McIntyre Contract Settlement Agreement Approved By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The KCS Board of Education approved a contract settlement at a special called meeting last Tuesday, January 19. Dr. McIntyre will be “voluntarily” resigning on July 8, 2016, and will be receiving a lump sum payment of one year salary ($227,256) on or before February 15. […]

Legislature Back in Session

Legislature Back in Session

By Steve Hunley If the old adage about the country only being in danger when Congress is in session, Tennesseans are in danger as the legislature is in session.  There’s already been considerable speculation about whether the “honeymoon” between the governor and the legislature is over; frankly, it seems obvious to me it was over […]

Knoxville to celebrate 225 years

Knoxville to celebrate 225 years

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The birth of Knoxville and the push for statehood for Tennessee was a political struggle. While most residents in the “Southwest Territory” favored becoming a state, there were opponents in the U.S. Congress that wanted to delay the recognition. February 6, 1796, was the day the proposed State Constitution was signed […]

The 1934 Senate Race In Tennessee, 2

The 1934 Senate Race In Tennessee, 2

By Ray Hill Part Two   To give one an idea of what life was like during the 1934 campaign, a lamb shoulder roast was 16 cents per pound; bran flakes were 10 cents a box; two pounds of trout fillet was 25 cents.  One store advertised a sale of women’s dresses – – – […]

Powell runs away from Eagles in third quarter

Powell runs away from Eagles in third quarter

By Ken Lay Despite trailing at halftime, the Powell High School boys basketball team didn’t press the panic button Tuesday night. “Gibbs came out and shot the ball well in the first half and I told our guys to just keep doing what we were doing in the first half,” Panthers coach Gary Barnes said […]

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