Penny Pawn is more than just a pawn shop

Penny Pawn is more than just a pawn shop

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you live in North Knoxville and drive Broadway you’ll likely be familiar with Penny Pawn at 4821 North Broadway but you may not know that the popular shop has been there since 1985. Founded by Mildred Mason and now owned by Pantelis Merianos, the family business specializes in gold and […]

Cas Walker

Cas Walker

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville and Knox County have produced some national heroes and personalities known around the nation; people who are from here or lived here before becoming famous. Folks like Dr. Bill Bass, founder of The Body Farm and noted author, and Jack Hanna of TV’s wildlife series. There’s also folks like Bill […]

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 […]