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 […]

Bringing life to the Potter House

Bringing life to the Potter House

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Some people call a section along Washington Avenue the “Barber Block” for the large number of homes there designed by noted architect George Barber. The name is certainly appropriate but of all the Barber Homes in that Edgewood neighborhood there’s one Barber home that was never in a catalog. Being […]

Community Chest, FISH help the needy

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “Many people with limited incomes cannot clothe their families at the prices charged by most non-profit thrift stores. Our aim is to get the needed items to people at the lowest prices while covering operating expenses,” the leaflet for the Community Chest states. The store, with locations at 1508 North Central […]

Safety Center, Crime, Coliseum are 2016 Concerns

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Recently The Knoxville Focus asked more than three dozen elected officials and office seekers what their main goal or concern is for 2016. Various elected officials responded to the question.   The Safety Center The most popular reply was the need for a Knox County-Knoxville Safety Center.  A Safety Center could […]

Paying it forward in Knoxville

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com I was at a local auto service center recently to get the oil changed in my wife’s car on a FREE oil change coupon. I’ve had work done there many times and the last time I was given two free oil changes. Since it’s difficult to find a trustworthy mechanic, I’ve […]

Knoxville’s Hidden History

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It’s hard to imagine what the little settlement of Knoxville looked like before the place became a town. When the territorial governor was looking for a location for a capitol, he considered the Southwest Point Fort in what is now Kingston and the James White Fort in Knoxville. That was before […]

Growing up in Skaggston

Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong grew up in the Skaggston area and attended the elementary school there. From there, he went to Carter High School and graduated from UT. He received a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. Armstrong served TVA for 32 years as […]

I-640, North Broadway plans continue

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The state’s plans to help the congestion and safety at North Broadway where the busy street intersects with I-640 continue to develop and the public was again involved in a presentation Wednesday at Virginia College in Fountain City. R. Larry Smith, president of the Fountain City Business and Professional Association  which […]

Special Dogs for Autistic Children

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com How can a dog help with an autistic child? “The dogs are trained to recognize autistic actions and interrupt by jumping into the child’s lap or touching them,” said Nichole Ballard, the assistant trainer at Wilderwood Service Dogs in Maryville. Wilderwood’s owner and founder, Tiffany Denyer, said that the company  places […]

Want to ride a horse or a camel?

By Mike Steely If you’re looking for a place within an easy day’s drive from Knoxville where you can ride a horse or a camel, there are a couple of places in northern Kentucky you might want to visit. The Kentucky Horse Park, just north of Lexington, has horses to ride and trails to follow. […]

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