Boomsday 2012: JFG to light up the sky

Boomsday 2012:  JFG to light up the sky

By Tasha Mahurin Mahurint@knoxfocus.com Knoxville’s 25th annual Boomsday will have a distinct South Knoxville flare this year. As part of this year’s festivities South Knoxvillians and the entire city will celebrate the long-awaited return of the iconic JFG sign. The JFG sign is more than 50 years old, and advertises the JFG coffee brand which […]

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 9

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 9

  By Ray Hill The political partnership of U. S. Senator Kenneth McKellar and Memphis Boss Ed Crump had made them the masters of Tennessee politics by 1933.  The correspondence between the two was voluminous, as they discussed appointments, political developments and strategy.  The correspondence, which had once been addressed to “Mack” and “Ed”, had […]

Five Questions with Kylie Morgan

Five Questions with Kylie Morgan

Kylie Morgan is  a native of Oklahoma and was voted one of the Country Music Association’s “Who New to Watch.” Kylie is currently working on her CD with Land Run Records. It will be released in 2012, and will be available via digital download and at select Sheplers Western Wear stores nationwide. The CD will […]

Karns All-Stars rake in title and state berth

Karns All-Stars rake in title and state berth

By Steve Williams The cards appeared to be stacked against the Karns Blue All-Stars. A disappointing one-run loss to Maryville on Monday, July 9, had dropped them into the dreaded losers’ bracket of the District 6 Little League (11 and 12-year-old division) baseball tournament at Karns. Even after eliminating the Karns Gold All-Stars 16-4 and […]

Early Voting underway

Early Voting underway

As of Friday, July 13, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 2 state primary and county general elections.  Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting. “Early voting is a convenient way for voters to be sure their voices are […]

No PAC For the Chamber – Knox County Voters

No PAC For the Chamber – Knox County Voters

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question: “This week the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce announced its intention to form a Political Action Committee for the purpose of influencing local political decisions and elections.  In your opinion, should the Chamber of Commerce continue to receive local tax dollars if they are going […]

Jacob Whitesides rocks Nashville

Jacob Whitesides rocks Nashville

By Dan Andrews On Saturday, July 7th, Knoxville’s own Jacob Whitesides not only performed in Nashville, but took part in a three hour long autograph signing session with long lines of female fans. Jacob was selected to perform at the prestigious “Teen Hoot” festival. The festival is a two day concert where some of the […]

Boy plays with ‘heavy heart’ in AYSO Games

Boy plays with ‘heavy heart’ in AYSO Games

By Steve Williams There’s no question the young boy would have had an excused absence. His dad had died just four days before the American Youth Soccer Organization’s National Games were to start in Knoxville. But Logan Ewing, goal keeper for the Knoxville Force in the under-10 age division, chose to play. His father, Leonard […]