Latest Poll Shows Strong Support for Buchett’s Budget

Latest Poll Shows Strong Support for Buchett’s Budget

By Focus Staff The latest Knoxville Focus poll shows Knox Countians overwhelmingly favor Mayor Tim Burchett’s budget.  Almost 400 Knox Countians were asked the question, “Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has submitted a budget for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. Do you support or oppose the budget as proposed for the 2012 – 2013 […]

The Senator’s Secretary: D. W. McKellar

The Senator’s Secretary:  D. W. McKellar

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s longest serving United States Senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, employed several secretaries during his thirty-six years as a member of the nation’s upper chamber. For sixteen years, Senator McKellar’s secretary was his youngest brother, Donald White McKellar. A “secretary” to a member of the Senate at that time would be the […]

Seymour holds on for state sectional win in softball

Seymour holds on for state sectional win in softball

By Steve Williams Seymour High’s softball team may have felt like it just stepped off a roller coaster after playing its TSSAA state sectional game against Maryville. The Lady Eagles were down, then up, then even, then way up, then holding on for dear life in their 9-8 win Friday night at Everett Park in […]

Good Water, A Man’s Mission

Good Water, A Man’s Mission

By Ralphine Major He held the forked peach tree stick in his hand and walked slowly. The end of the stick jerked and pointed to the ground. It indicated the largest vein of water lay beneath the ground right where the stick pointed. Our paternal grandfather was the one holding the Y-shaped stick from the […]

Southern Gospel Music at its Best

Southern Gospel Music at its Best

By Ralphine Major I study the cover before opening it.  The simple format is striking.  A traditional, small country church, whose architectural style is fast fading from America’s landscape, stands proudly in the background.  In the shadows of leafless trees, its beautiful steeple meets the sky.  Standing in front of the church is a man […]

JACK IS BACK

JACK IS BACK

By Dan Andrews An epic battle of “David verse Goliath” is occurring in radio and it appears that David, or in this case, Jack Ryan, might emerge victorious. The award-winning DJ was recently let go by a powerhouse country radio station and was replaced by “syndication.” That means the radio station brought in a DJ […]

Poll: Almost 76% oppose extending the school year

Poll: Almost 76% oppose extending the school year

By Focus Staff The Knoxville Focus asked quite nearly 500 voters, “Knox County School Superintendent James McIntyre has proposed extending the school year up to seven days at a total cost of $7 million. Do you support or oppose extending the school year?” Almost 76% of Knoxvillians and Knox Countians oppose extending the school year […]

Halls advances to title game

Halls advances to title game

By Ken Lay Hardin Valley Academy has fielded a varsity baseball team for four seasons and the Hawks have already proven that they are a force to be reckoned with on the diamond. Hardin Valley claimed its second consecutive District 3-AAA Tournament Championship with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Halls Thursday night before an enthusiastic […]