The Knoxville Focus for July 12, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for July 12, 2021

Kyle Ward sponsors Juneteenth By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com There is an effort underway currently to make “Juneteenth” a holiday in Knox County.  The sponsor and driving force behind it will raise a few eyebrows: Commissioner Kyle Ward.  No, the sponsor of the ordinance isn’t a liberal Democrat.  Quite the contrary, the sponsor is a […]

Where Has the Democratic Party Gone?

Where Has the Democratic Party Gone?

By Steve Hunley The recent July 4th holiday brings to my mind the question what became of the Democratic Party?  What sparked my mind was there had never been any controversy about Americans celebrating the birth of our country until the wokesters declared it unacceptable.  Now, we are told celebrating July 4 makes one a […]

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

By Ray Hill Outside of Arizona, few people remember Ernest McFarland save for the man Barry Goldwater beat to get to the United States Senate.  Yet Ernest McFarland was much more than a rudimentary politician.  McFarland rose from county judge to United States senator, governor, and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.  While in […]

The Rise in Crime & Violence

The Rise in Crime & Violence

By John J. Duncan Jr. Over the July 4th weekend, 104 people were shot in Chicago, with 18 killed, including two policemen and a six-year-old girl. This followed more typical recent Chicago weekends, one with 62 people shot resulting in three deaths, and another when 46 were shot with eight killed. On June 28th, Mayor […]

Woke math invades the schools

Woke math invades the schools

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com On May 3rd Steve Hunley had an excellent editorial on “racist” math. I want to add to the discussion. Growing up in Atlanta’s segregated schools, I knew there was a cultural divide although I never had a conversation with a white person until I went to the University of […]

Americanism

Americanism

Recognition of the supreme being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor American way of life. — Dwight D. Eisenhower By Dr. Jim Ferguson And then they were gone. After spending a week with us, my daughter and her family have returned […]

The Dead Period is over and it’s time to come alive!

The Dead Period is over and it’s time to come alive!

By Steve Williams Several local high school football coaches enjoyed time with their families at the beach during the TSSAA Dead Period the past two weeks, particularly new Knoxville Catholic coach Korey Mobbs. “We spent the first week at Santa Rosa Beach in Florida with friends,” said Mobbs, who was hired at Catholic in late […]

Taking a covered bridge tour

Taking a covered bridge tour

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Years ago, before the automobile, many bridges in our area were covered to protect them from the elements. Few of those continue to exist but there are some here and there that are still in use. It’s interesting to visit a covered bridge to see how our forefathers constructed […]

Pond Gap getting closer to Historic Baseball Park

Pond Gap getting closer to Historic Baseball Park

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The Pond Gap Neighborhood Association has been celebrating its history and establishing its identity for several years now. These efforts have included placing street flags and banners on utility poles, fighting and losing against a large apartment complex, campaigning for retaining walls along Hollywood Drive, recognizing the first airport […]