New Flagship Kerns complex hopes to open by January

New Flagship Kerns complex hopes to open by January

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com If you’ve traveled Chapman Highway from downtown recently you can’t help but notice the huge apartment complex going up on the hill behind the historic Kern’s Bakery building. The apartment complex, Flagship Kerns, is one of the many projects completed or underway along the waterfront in South Knoxville. Crippled […]

Yardley is having fun picking the losers like Leonard did

Yardley is having fun picking the losers like Leonard did

By Steve Williams Older college football fans will appreciate what George Yardley is doing. And that is bringing back the popular “Leonard’s Losers” prediction show that thousands would listen to every Saturday on the radio and often on their way to a game. Yardley, a former Carter High baseball coach and the Tennessee Smokies’ public […]

South-Doyle advances, edges Central 21-14

South-Doyle advances, edges Central 21-14

By Mark Nagi One of the goals for each and every high school football team is to practice on Thanksgiving. The South-Doyle Cherokees have earned that right. Shawn Gary scored three touchdowns, leading the Cherokees to a 21-14 win over the two-time defending state champion Central Bobcats in the Class 5A quarterfinals. “It was a […]

Public Forum rules altered by Commission

Public Forum rules altered by Commission

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com In what may be the shortest meeting in recent history the Knox County Commission altered its public forum rules last week. In past months the commission meetings have been contentious with anti-mask protesters shouting from the balcony of the main assembly room and interrupting speakers and commissioners. Monday’s meeting […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 16, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for November 16, 2020

Birdie’s Boutique offers trendy fashions By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com “New and trendy” is the theme chosen by the two partners for Birdie’s Boutique. The new women’s fashion and accessory shop will hold its Grand Opening on Black Friday, November 27, which follows the soft opening last week that saw friends and family shopping […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Bill Dunn Congratulations to former State Representative Bill Dunn who has been named as senior advisor to Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn. Dunn just retired from the Tennessee General Assembly where he served for almost 30 years. Bill Dunn has a thorough understanding of the legislative process, as well as a […]

City, County Honor Veterans

City, County Honor Veterans

  By Focus Staff Last week’s Veterans Day was not memorialized with a parade but city and county officials did their part to thank those that have served. City Mayor Indya Kincannon spoke at a ceremony at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial at Worlds Fair Park and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs released the following […]

A Few Tennesseans of Note

A Few Tennesseans of Note

Tennesseans and the New Deal By Ray Hill Few people today can imagine the suffering during the Great Depression; the Depression brought hardship, hunger and homelessness to millions of people throughout the United States. At the same time, many Americans were plagued by the terrible dust storms caused by a drought, accompanied by winds, that […]

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