The Knoxville Focus for November 22, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for November 22, 2021

Frankenberg kicks off campaign for General Sessions Judge in Division II By Bill Howard Sharon Frankenberg is one of Knox County’s five judicial magistrates. Magistrates, appointed by the county commission, do the criminal law work for General Sessions judges. Common duties include reviewing an arrest warrant to determine if there is probable cause to keep […]

The Education Industrial Complex

The Education Industrial Complex

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com There is an old saying that all politics is local. That certainly was corroborated in the Virginia gubernatorial election. Despite the Biden Administration being a total disaster and supposedly unpopular in Virginia, the democrat candidate still had campaign appearances with Biden and Kamala Harris (who is even less popular). […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Merit Council has become Political Council Anybody who reads The Knoxville Focus regularly already knows the Sheriff’s Merit System Council has become a tar pit of politics.  It may well be beyond reform and the truth is for years it has been dominated by the very people it was supposed to eliminate: […]

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, III

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee has been quite fortunate to produce any number of political figures of national importance, as well as those who have wielded enormous influence in Congress.  Aside from Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk (a political protégé of Jackson’s), and Andrew Johnson – – – the three presidents from the Volunteer State – […]

Devin Driscoll to Host Christmas Gathering

Devin Driscoll to Host Christmas Gathering

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com With the City Council races over, the county campaigns have begun.  Devin Driscoll, candidate for County Commissioner-At-Large, Seat 11, in the Republican primary, has come up with the perhaps most inventive opener for any candidate.  Driscoll has announced his “First Annual Christmas for Kids.” Devin Driscoll is hosting a Christmas […]

A Republican Who Won 90% in Black Precincts

A Republican Who Won 90% in Black Precincts

  By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com The last time my father ran for mayor in Knoxville, 1963, he received 803 votes in the largest Black precinct, Mountain View, to totals of 55 and 47 for his two very popular opponents. He was running against Bill Tallent, who had been elected county-wide as Finance Commissioner, […]

Powell defense shuts down Rhea Co.

Powell defense shuts down Rhea Co.

  By Steve Williams Powell’s defense set the tone early. On the very first offensive play of the TSSAA Class 5A quarterfinal game at Scarbro Stadium on a cold Friday night, Rhea County’s red hot Wing-T offense was stopped for no gain as running back Ethan Davis was tackled by freshmen cornerback Conner Wheeler and […]

The Big Cs

The Big Cs

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson By Dr. Jim Ferguson Every year the holiday schedule sneaks up on me. I’m referring to the deadline for my holiday column. My only excuse is that The Focus is published […]