The Knoxville Focus for May 10, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for May 10, 2021

Penny Pawn rezoned, Norwood withdrawn and budget discussed at city council   By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com While much of the meeting was interrupted by yells and taunts from a group protesting the killing of an Austin-East student by a city policeman, the Knoxville City Council proceeded with its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The […]

Kincannon caves in to her far left base

Kincannon caves in to her far left base

By Steve Hunley City Mayor Indya Kincannon has caved in to the ultimatum of the radical leftists who have demanded school security officers be withdrawn from our school campuses. Kincannon sent a letter to Superintendent Bob Thomas, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Sheriff Tom Spangler, Board of Education Chair Susan Horn and District Attorney General […]

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt9

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt9

By Ray Hill Brazilla Carroll Reece had served Tennessee’s First Congressional District in Congress for ten years before losing the 1930 general election to Independent candidate Oscar Byrd Lovette. It was the first time in 52 years any candidate aside from a Republican had won a seat in Congress from the First Congressional District. Carroll […]

Nixon, a man who never gave up

Nixon, a man who never gave up

By John J. Duncan Jr. Richard Nixon was probably the most hated man in American politics until Donald Trump was elected president. Yet, like Trump, Nixon was also loved by millions, and the last time he ran for election, in 1972, he won Tennessee overwhelmingly, 813,000 to 357,000. And because Nixon’s life had so many […]

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Nothing connects the country like country. Ken Burns By Dr. Jim Ferguson A reader thanked me for last week’s essay about the Tennessee River and travel. In the essay I used Forrest Gump’s metaphor regarding life as a “box of chocolates.” Well, this week’s essay from Ferguson’s topical “sampler” may surprise the occasional reader, but […]

Hope All Mothers Had a Blessed Day!

Hope All Mothers Had a Blessed Day!

By Ralphine Major I never knew her except through pictures and stories from our mother. Mandy Smith Torbett was our maternal grandmother. Originally from Anderson County, Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville when she and our grandfather, Tecil C. Torbett from Chattanooga, married. In 1941, at the age of 41, Mandy died as a result of […]

In the net: Soccer notes, postseason preview

In the net: Soccer notes, postseason preview

By Ken Lay The 2021 high school boys soccer season is now in the rear view mirror as local teams brought an end to their respective campaigns Thursday night. Here’s a look at some regular-season finales and the week ahead as district tournaments open around the area. In District 2-AAA, the Bearden Bulldogs will be […]

Central softball honors Hurd in a special way

Central softball honors Hurd in a special way

  By Steve Williams A Sunday afternoon makeup game on May 2 couldn’t have worked out any better. “The game time today was 2:02,” said Central High softball coach James Swaney after his Lady Bobcats’ 8-1 win over Clinton at Fountain City Ball Park. “I did that for Savana Hurd. Her number is 22 and […]

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