Full Boar BBQ now a thriving home business

Full Boar BBQ now a thriving home business

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com What started at a BBQ competition a few years ago has blossomed into a thriving home business for Knoxville resident Jacob Lubbers. Full Boar BBQ started in 2013 in Lubbers’ home state of Indiana after he and his friends entered a BBQ competition they had been going to for […]

Berean Christian has a ‘blast’ in first swing at tennis

Berean Christian has a ‘blast’ in first swing at tennis

By Steve Williams Berean Christian School didn’t come out on top in the team scoring, but it had a historical day to remember in athletics. The TSSAA Division I Class A school in East Knoxville played its first-ever boys’ and girls’ tennis matches against Concord Christian School Tuesday (March 23) at Tyson Park. Concord Christian […]

2020-21 team put its ‘own brand’ on Bearden basketball

2020-21 team put its ‘own brand’ on Bearden basketball

By Steve Williams Jeremy Parrott will remember his 2020-21 basketball team with fond memories. Some of his juniors and seniors were young players on Parrott’s 2018-19 team that gave Bearden its first-ever boys’ state championship, beating Memphis East in the Class AAA title game and ending its stranglehold on the gold basketball. “I will remember […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 22, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for March 22, 2021

Norwood residents oppose large Merchant Dr. development By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com For years developers have been trying to build homes and businesses along Merchant Drive in west Norwood. The residential community was saddened and frustrated to lose a recent Knoxville-Knox County Planning zoning request for apartments and duplexes along the narrow and very […]

Fountain City Forward

Fountain City Forward

Nonprofit promotes business, gives back By Bill Howard Late in 2019, Charlie Pratt and Blake Foote, financial advisers for Modern Woodmen of America, came up with an idea: why not start a nonprofit that would not only promote business activity in Fountain City, but also give back to the community? More than a year later, […]

Miller and Ravens hold off Bearden, 50-47

Bearden players battle inside against Cane Ridge in the TSSAA state tournament. The Bulldogs rallied down the stretch but came up short in a 50-47 loss in the quarterfinals. Photo by John Williams.

By Steve Williams Bearden High’s boys basketball team set a goal this season to set a school record for fewest points allowed by its opponents. Head Coach Jeremy Parrott also considered his Bulldogs the defending state champions after his 2019 team won the school’s first-ever state title and there was not a state tourney in […]

Bobcats open soccer season in Seymour tonight

Bobcats open soccer season in Seymour tonight

By Ken Lay When the Central High School boys soccer team opens its season today at Seymour, it will mark the first time that the Bobcats have been on the pitch for a match since March 12, 2020. Central coach Chris Quinn remembers that day vividly. The afternoon began at Dan Y. Boring Stadium with […]

Gibbs softball starts with easy district win

Senior Breanna Bumgardner prepares to take off on the bases as Gibbs opened its season last week with a District 3-AA win over visiting Pigeon Forge. Photo by James Spears.

Gibbs softball starts with easy district win

By Steve Williams Opening Day 2021 was a runaway for perennial softball power Gibbs High. The Lady Eagles rolled past visiting Pigeon Forge 35-0 in a District 3-AA game that was mercifully stopped after 2½ innings of play. As for the bright spots, Carol Mitchell, beginning her 28th season as head coach, said that was […]