Sultana descendants to gather

Sultana descendants to gather

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The riverboat was built for about 376 passengers but, because the captain was being paid for each passenger he could carry, the Sultana was packed with more than 2,000 people on its final voyage. Most of the passengers were Union soldiers returning from the Civil War or from Confederate prison camps. […]

The Man From Wyoming: Senator Joseph C. O’Mahoney

The Man From Wyoming: Senator Joseph C. O’Mahoney

By Ray Hill Wyoming today is dominated by Republicans, but during the height of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, perhaps the most popular politician in the state was a Democrat: Joseph Christopher O’Mahoney. Like the state he represented in the United States Senate, O’Mahoney prided himself on his independence. The Wyoming senator was perhaps the […]

Harmony and Hymns III

Jeannette Thomas and Joyce Clark preparing for a mission trip to Appalachia, courtesy of David and Melba Hill

Harmony and Hymns III

By Ralphine Major Margie and Walter Maples shared one experience that stands out in TOTS’ memory when they participated in one of the Appalachian Enterprise mission trips to needy areas led by Mrs. Jeannette Thomas. This particular two-day mission was to a small church in the coal mining area of West Virginia. Somehow, communications with […]

Check cashing regulations, a historic building, Inskip apartments

Check cashing regulations, a historic building, Inskip apartments

By Mike Steely Over the past few years Knoxville neighborhoods and businesses have become more and more concerned about the rapid growth of alternative financial service locations. Back in February the city council asked the Metropolitan Planning Commission to look at the problem and set new regulations. Thursday afternoon the planners adopted staff recommendations that […]

Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans With A Pop-Up Concert At Knoxville’s The International

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 10: Dierks Bentley surprises fans with a pop-up concert at Knoxville's The International as part of "CMT Instant Jam" premiering May 28th on CMT, on April 10, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)

Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans With A Pop-Up Concert At Knoxville’s The International

Often after a great concert, fans compare the event they just witnessed to the last great show they attended. For Dierks Bentley fans who attended his surprise concert in Knoxville this past Sunday night, there is no comparison. The surprise show was hosted by CMT and is scheduled to air on CMT, May 28th, 2016. […]

The Chalkboard for April 11, 2016

By Sally Absher Kindergarten Round-up Tuesday, April 12 Kindergarten Round-up (registration/application) will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at all Knox County Elementary schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents receive important enrollment information about the upcoming school year. Children should be five years old by August 15, 2016, to enter […]

More Board of Education News from April

By Sally Absher Despite the unanimous approval of Buzz Thomas as interim Superintendent, several other agenda items were less successful. Once again, Board members Patti Bounds and Amber Rountree were leaders in advocating for students and teachers in Knox County. On the agenda was a proposal for a contract for KCS to participate in the […]

Life’s Extras

By Rosie Moore Archibald Rutledge, an American poet and educator, once wrote: “I once had a curious experience with a star. I was on the path to my farm at dusk when I was overtaken by a violent storm. The rain came down into howling darkness, the thunder and lightening were appalling. A bolt struck […]

The lost arts of handwriting and spelling

By Joe Rector The chasm between baby-boomers and younger generations grows with each passing day. Our lives are influenced by different things, and we have a different take on what’s important for daily communications. I’m not sure what strikes younger folks fancies, but I can vouch for a couple of areas that we oldsters think […]

Synchronicity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Last week I saw the first lightning bugs of the season; no April fooling! As most of you know I’m a Science Fiction buff, and have wondered what an alien might think on first encountering these marvels of nature which we too often take for granted. Paradoxically, the name “lightning” bug […]