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. […]

State Parks near Knoxville

By Mike Steely I think I’ve written that my wife and I have visited almost all the state parks in Tennessee, from Reelfoot Lake in the northwest corner to Roan Mountain State Park in the northwest corner. Just as soon as we think we’ve visited them all along comes a new park. In recent years […]

Cumberland Gap: Gateway to the War

By Mike Steely With the upcoming remembrance of 150 years since the end of the American Civil War being held in Knoxville a little known fact is the importance of Cumberland Gap in that struggle. The historic pass played two important roles in the history of the United States, the first as a passage for […]

Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African Queen,” and at the end I watched the credits and saw that Knoxville’s James Agee wrote the screenplay. I thought, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” […]