Growing Up in Logan County, WV

(Part 3 in series on Dwight Kessel) By Ralphine Major Like many in his generation, Wallace Dwight Kessel faced hard times during his growing up years. “During the depression, a lot of people came up with ideas on how to make money.  I remember wash board bands performing on the store porch from time to […]

Don’t let hate win

By John J Duncan Jr. As almost all readers of The Focus know, I grew up in a political family. I went to the Knoxville airport for a rally for the Nixon-Lodge ticket a week before the 1960 Presidential election and followed that campaign closely. In 1963, when I was 16, I worked in my […]

A Tennessee/Alabama Game Unlike Any Other

By Mark Nagi The Tennessee/Alabama rivalry will be renewed on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. It is always one of the most anticipated games on the schedule for the Vols, despite the fact that they haven’t beaten the Crimson Tide since 2006, and have rarely been competitive during this recent victory drought. I’ve covered my share […]

‘Hello, Everybody, I’m Lindsey Nelson’

By Tom Mattingly How did it happen that Lindsey Nelson, a product of Columbia, Tennessee, became one of the best sportscasters of his era? It was all very simple, with the humblest of humble beginnings, with Lindsey pulling out all the stops. He was totally committed to Bob Neyland’s axiom, “Play for and make the […]

Mayor Jacobs Accepts Resignation from Chief of Staff, Dismisses Parks Sr. Dir.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs has accepted Chief of Staff Bryan Hair’s resignation and dismissed Senior Director of Parks and Recreation Paul White. White declined the opportunity to resign.   In addition, the Mayor received word that the Comptroller’s Office accepted his request to look into the allegations of wrongdoing.   “Ethics are not […]

Legal and public notices for the week of October 19, 2020

COURT NOTICES   Non-resident notice   TO: ALAN ABRAMS IN RE: LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY v. ALAN ABRAMS 200654-1   IN THE CHANCERY COURT FOR KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE In this Cause it appearing from the Complaint filed, which is sworn to, that the Defendant ALAN ABRAMS, is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, or whose […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Jacobs Chief of Staff Investigated Bryan Hair, Chief of Staff to Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, is under investigation, along with Paul White, Director of the county’s Parks & Recreation Department.  That is according to a press release issued from the mayor’s office.  Hair had no experience in running much of anything […]

Troy Jones challenges Sam McKenzie for Staples House seat

Troy Jones challenges Sam McKenzie for Staples House seat

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com You might think that former Commissioner Sam McKenzie, husband of Knoxville Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie, has a walk in the park for election to replace Rick Staples as the District 15 Tennessee Representative. But McKenzie is not unopposed in the November 3rd General Election. Independent candidate Troy Jones, a […]

Congressman Pat Sutton of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Genuine war hero, sheriff, accused counterfeiter, convict and U. S. congressman from Tennessee, Pat Sutton was, if anything, a colorful character.  It may be difficult for some readers to imagine today, but the entire country had been unified in winning World War II.  White, black and brown; men and women; even Republicans […]