Our Neighborhoods: Clinton Highway, Norwood and Powell

Our Neighborhoods: Clinton Highway, Norwood and Powell

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com CLinton highway Whether you call the road “Clinton Highway” or “U.S. Highway 25W,” the four-lane road between the I-75 and I-640 interchange and Emory Road was once the main route from Michigan to Florida. The heyday of the highway may have been in the years following World War II until the […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Seven

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Seven

  By Ray Hill Aside from the dislike he endured from his senior colleague, K. D. McKellar, Estes Kefauver’s first few years in the United States Senate were reasonably pleasant. Kefauver, like McKellar, tended to constituent service and attending committee meetings. The two Tennessee senators frequently disagreed over patronage, with McKellar coming out ahead to […]

West Valley culminates perfect conference run with tourney title

West Valley culminates perfect conference run with tourney title

By Ken Lay A perfect Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference run was culminated with a James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Tournament Championship for the West Valley Middle School girls basketball team. The Lady Wolves put the finishing touches on a perfect league run when they defeated Cedar Bluff 29-21 in a battle […]

A ‘Staycation’ at Blount Mansion

By Mike Steely We’ve had a weird winter and it seems it is ice and snow every other week with very little sun and warmth in between. It’s a good time to take a day away from the house and get downtown to visit some of the city’s by-gone days. There are lots of things […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part VI): Life on the farm

By Ralphine Major He scored over 2,000 points in both his high school and college careers.  He became a college All-American and was later named to Carson-Newman’s Team of the Century.  He played softball for 22 years and was named to the Knoxville Softball Hall of Fame.  Despite his achievements in athletics, however, Tommy Everette […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson When I started my sabbatical a friend advised me to be careful and not provoke my wife.  I assured her that a married man north of sixty knows the rules.  Becky and I have a successful marriage and the key aspect is equality strengthened by the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 4:12.  Though […]

Carter Hornets are state’s top-scoring basketball team

By Steve Williams The old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” comes to mind when considering what Carter High School’s boys basketball team has done on the court this season. The Hornets, under new coach Joby Boydstone, didn’t win the District 3-AA regular season championship, but they averaged 92.3 points […]

You Mad Bro? Local Sports Talk Radio Anger Grows

By Alex Norman Consistent readers of this column have noticed how much joy I get from local sports talk radio shows.  I don’t have official confirmation, but at last count I believe that there are approximately 493 local sports talk radio shows that folks can listen to in the Knoxville market. Former Vols, including Erik […]

Dal Gene

By Joe Rector Dal Gene …that’s what everyone called him from birth until sometime after he went away to college. Then he became Dallas or Dal, and the “Gene” disappeared. Even at the young age of seventeen, he was older and much wiser than his years. According to our parents, this first-born child was almost […]