Part of my mission is complete

By Joe Rector Some subjects for each writer haunt them. One might be an outline for a novel; another might be a character who shines in a short story; still, another might be just the right rhythm for a poem. We who try to put words on paper to entertain or explain or provoke hang […]

Remembrances of a Special Place, ‘The Hyatt’

  By Ralphine Major It was a wonderful addition to Knoxville’s skyline.  In the early seventies, the Hyatt Regency (now Hotel Knoxville) was built across the street from the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum which was constructed during the time John Duncan Sr. was Mayor of Knoxville.  Duncan later represented the Second Congressional District of […]

Legal and public notices for the week of July 19, 2021

COURT NOTICES   NON-RESIDENT NOTICE   TO: DARIUS JAMELE HUNT IN RE: KEZIA ELIZABETH WYATT v. DARIUS JAMELE HUNT 202536-2   IN THE CHANCERY COURT FOR KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE In this Cause, it appearing from the Complaint filed, which is verified, that the Defendant, DARIUS JAMELE HUNT is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, […]

Knox County lawmakers urge citizens to take advantage of Tennessee’s new and traditional sales tax holidays 

State Senators Richard Briggs and Becky Massey and Lt. Governor Randy McNally encourage citizens to take advantage of Tennessee’s new and traditional sales tax holidays which are set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30th.  The 16th annual tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers will extend through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 19. 2021

The Knoxville Focus for July 19. 2021

Bud Armstrong to Run for Chancellor By Focus Staff Richard “Bud” Armstrong has announced he will be a candidate in next year’s Republican primary for Chancellor, Part II Armstrong released a statement stressing the importance of competent and impartial jurists on the bench.  “It has become more important than ever in our country to have […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Kyle Ward Juneteenth Resolution Commissioner Kyle Ward is sponsoring a resolution to recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday in Knox County. Ward is a small businessman, a combat veteran, and the first millennial to be elected to the Knox County Commission.  Ward is not exactly predictable as some political observers have found […]

275 wins and 7 state titles

275 wins and 7 state titles

The key to Meske’s success at Webb School By Steve Williams Over 37 years ago, David Meske left Wisconsin and came to Knoxville for graduate school and got a tip from one of his professors about a job opening at Webb School. Meske got the job and 275 wins later, he by far ranks No. […]

A senseless war

A senseless war

By John J. Duncan Jr. In September of 2017, I gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House about the war in Afghanistan. I quoted from a story that had run a few days earlier in the international edition of the New York Times. That story said “When the American author James a. […]

The Cuban Protests

The Cuban Protests

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com The recent protests by Cubans against their repressive government highlighted stark contrasts that have been largely ignored in the media. First, such protests are rare in dictatorial socialist governments because the people are afraid of their government. The penalties are imprisonment, torture, beatings and even death. No such fears […]