Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

Oldest Knox County Baptist Church?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Just off Emory Road in Corryton stands a grand country church and, just behind that house of worship, is a small log structure that might be the oldest Baptist church in Knox County. Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, at 9132 West Emory road, is an active community church with Rev. Jerry […]

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

FBA has county’s newest wrestling program

By Ken Lay Knox County has a new wrestling program. First Baptist Academy-Powell began competing in the sport this season and the Eagles are a Freshman/JV Team but Coach Josh Neely has some lofty expectations for the program’s future. The program may be new but the coach is no stranger to high school athletics and […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 16, 2017

Harry Tindell Launches Candidacy for Knoxville City Council, 4th District Former Knoxville State Representative Harry Tindell, age 56, announces his intention to seek the 4th district seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. He currently lives in the Alice Bell / Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business.   […]

School system receives public input on rezoning

School system receives public input on rezoning

By Pete Gawda Concerned citizens, county commissioners, school officials, parents and students gathered in the South-Doyle Middle School library Tuesday night for the third of six public rezoning meetings concerning the new Gibbs and Hardin Valley middle schools. This particular meeting was primarily concerned with the effects of rezoning for the new Gibbs middle school. […]

Cirrus Aircraft Opens Vision Center Campus

Cirrus Aircraft Opens Vision Center Campus

By David Klein Cirrus Aircraft, co-founded in 1984 by CEO Dale Klapmeier, is bringing jobs and a facilities expansion to Knoxville. The Duluth, Minnesota aircraft company’s new Knoxville facility will be called the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center Campus and celebrated its grand opening Thursday night. According to the company website, The Vision Center facility will […]

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton emerged from the 1974 primary as the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. It had been a contentious primary in with twelve men competing for the nomination. Blanton had barely edged banker Jake Butcher to be the nominee. The Republicans had their own primary with Nat Winston, Dortch Oldham and Lamar Alexander running […]

State ranked Bearden girls settle down and remain unbeaten

PHOTO BY TAMMY KREGEL Sophomore wing Annaka Hall pressures a William Blount player in Bearden's rough and tumble 61-57 win last week.

State ranked Bearden girls settle down and remain unbeaten

By Steve Williams Coming off a 10-day layoff after winning its Super 16 holiday tournament, Bearden High’s unbeaten girls team showed up for a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Roller Derby broke out. At times, bodies were flying everywhere. Visiting William Blount, known for its hectic and chaotic style of play, battled the Lady […]

Hardin Valley’s leadoff dinner expected to be inspiring

Skylar Baker, Hardin Valley pitcher and first baseman, with Bryce Brentz in 2014 at Chad Bell's wedding. Skylar takes pitching lessons from Bell and has taken hitting lessons from Brentz and Chad Zurcher.

Hardin Valley’s leadoff dinner expected to be inspiring

  By Steve Williams Four South Knoxville products will be the featured speakers at Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball leadoff dinner this year, thanks to HVA social studies teacher Lisa Myers, who has ties to South Knoxville herself. “I signed up for leadoff banquet duty, with my guys in the back of my mind,” said Myers, […]