With player numbers up, Vikings eye Mason-Dixon title

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Barry Swafford prepares to throw a pass against the TSD defense during practice last week. Swafford was a senior quarterback for the Vikings in the fall of 1970.

With player numbers up, Vikings eye Mason-Dixon title

By Steve Williams An increase of 10 players on its 2016 squad is the best preseason news for Tennessee School for the Deaf’s football program. “We have 18 players on our roster now,” said TSD head coach Barry Swafford through interpreter and assistant coach Jordan Cooper following last Wednesday’s third practice day. “That’s good.” Now […]

Next footstep for Josh Kerr is a season-opening challenge

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Clinton High School head coach Josh Kerr addresses his players following 7-on-7 play at Powell in July. Kerr's Dragons will take on Oak Ridge in a Rivalry Thursday game on MyVLT as the 2016 season kicks off this week.

Next footstep for Josh Kerr is a season-opening challenge

By Steve Williams Josh Kerr and Clinton High’s football coaching staff have had the entire off-season to get ready for Thursday night’s game against visiting Oak Ridge and Tee Higgins, one of the nation’s top rated wide receivers. It’s a scenario that’s right down Kerr’s alley, too. “One piece of advice that my dad told […]

Mommy & Me is just all that…

Mommy & Me is just all that…

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Miki Johnson was busy preparing flowers for a large wedding last week when her daughter and daughter in-law arrived at Mommy & Me. All three work there and even Miki’s mom, June Lay, is involved. June was out delivering for the shop when Jessica Johnson, Miki’s daughter in-law, and Candice Foster, […]

The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

The New Deal’s Curmudgeon: Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Part 2

By Ray Hill In 1943, while still a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Cabinet, Harold L. Ickes wrote his autobiography.  Aptly entitled “Autobiography of a Curmudgeon,” Ickes immediately said, “If, in these pages, I have hurled an insult at anyone, be it known that such was my deliberate intent, and I may as well […]

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

By Sally Absher Welcome Back Students! A hearty “Welcome back” to Knox County students and their families! We hope you (or your parents) will make a habit of reading the Chalk Board column in the weekly Knoxville Focus paper – either the print version that comes out on Mondays, or the online version available at […]

What you don’t know about Chilhowee Park

What you don’t know about Chilhowee Park

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Chilhowee Park is the region’s often underutilized premier outdoor event park. The park and the neighborhoods that surround it are known by most Knox County residents but how much do you really know about it? What is now Chilhowee Park was, before the Civil War, part of two large farms. The […]

Smile after smile, Family Truckster is rolling again

Smile after smile, Family Truckster is rolling again

By Steve Williams It’s not too late for a Summer Vacation trip. In fact, the way CARE 365 founder Dave Moore sees it, a ride in the Family Truckster may be just what many Americans need after recent disturbing events. Moore has converted the Truckster’s Christmas Vacation look this past winter to Summer Vacation style. […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

  Early voting turnout low, but up over four years ago By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com About 8,000 voters have taken advantage of early voting as of Thursday and Chris Davis, Assistant Administrator of Elections, told The Focus the participation is actually an increase over the last commission election. “We’re actually up 609 voters over the […]