The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

$1,500 bonus for deputies in approved Knox budget By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler’s persistence won out Wednesday with a victorious split vote granting a bonus to his deputies. The county commission also passed the amended budget that included the bonus payments during the special session. The sheriff’s department discovered […]

Agreement with UT on use of TVA Tower approved

Agreement with UT on use of TVA Tower approved

  By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The final lease agreement between Knox County and TVA hasn’t been signed yet but last week the county commission voted to complete a deal with the University of Tennessee to sublet part of the TVA East Tower. The pending deal between the county and TVA calls for a […]

Coaches are divided on where to spend Dead Period

Coaches are divided on where to spend Dead Period

  By Steve Williams Traditionally, The Knoxville Focus likes to check with local head football coaches to see what they will be doing during the annual TSSAA Dead Period before preseason practice really cranks up. For many, it’s a special time of the year to spend with the family. With the coronavirus pandemic, would this […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, VIII

Odds & Ends of This & That, VIII

By Steve Hunley American Insurrection For the first time since the American Civil War, at least as far as I know, armed secessionists have occupied American soil and territory while legal and legitimate authorities simply stand by and gawk.  The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, Washington is a 7-9 block area occupied by […]

KCS hosts summer league baseball, falls to Wildcats

KCS hosts summer league baseball, falls to Wildcats

By Ken Lay Knoxville Christian School baseball coach John Barry is delighted to see his team get to play this summer, although he’s been less than thrilled with the Knights’ results on the field. “I think that overall, we would like to see more from our players,” Barry said after the Knights lost a 13-4 […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XIX

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XIX

By Ray Hill Pulaski Congressman Ross Bass had defeated Governor Frank Clement for the Democratic nomination to succeed the late Senator Estes Kefauver.  Bass faced Republican Howard Baker in the general election.  It was the first time Frank Clement had lost an election and his defeat had been sweeping. Congressman Bass confidently approached the general […]

New coach wants Roadrunners to be smart and fast

New coach wants Roadrunners to be smart and fast

By Steve Williams New Austin-East head football coach Antonio Mays will be putting academics before athletics. He feels strongly that his plan will produce victories on the field now and later in life for his players. “There’s two numbers that we need to be concerned with,” he said Thursday. “That’s 3.0 and 21 on the […]