The Knoxville Focus for September 14, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for September 14, 2020

9/11 Victims Remembered By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville Police Chaplain Pam Neal kicked off Knoxville and Knox County’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies Friday with a talk and a prayer. A crowd of about 100 assembled in front of the City-County Building for the event which started at 8:45 a.m., remembering when the first airplane […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Bought Jim Haslam’s Book Last Wednesday night, on the way home from the office, I stopped at a Pilot store and bought my personal copy of the book Jim Haslam has written, “Co-Piloting.” The forward, written by Mr. Haslam’s son, former governor Bill Haslam, was awesome. I spent the weekend reading the […]

Pondering Appalachian words

Pondering Appalachian words

By Mike Steely Appalachia is a curious place to many people with its own language of sorts. Being somewhat isolated from the rest of the nation mostly because of topography the region’s dialect developed somewhat unchanged among the Scotch-Irish settlers. You don’t have to travel very far out of Knoxville to hear words that “harking […]

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VI

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VI

By Ray Hill The 1964 election in Tennessee centered around the presidential contest between incumbent Lyndon Johnson and Arizona senator Barry Goldwater. It also featured hard fought contests for both of Tennessee’s seats in the United States Senate. Senator Albert Gore, Tennessee’s “Old Gray Fox”, was seeking a third term in the U. S. Senate, […]

Farragut upends Oak Ridge, 45-25

Farragut upends Oak Ridge, 45-25

By Mark Nagi It was a battle of two East Tennessee rivals with points and yards aplenty on both sides. But it was one player in particular that stole the show. Farragut got three touchdown receptions and two hundred total yards of offense out of senior Matt White as they defeated Oak Ridge 45-25 on […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 8, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for September 8, 2020

Jim Haslam authors memoir on leadership lessons, learning and luck Pilot Company Founder James “Jim” Haslam II has written “Co-Piloting: Luck, Leadership, and Learning That It’s All About Others,” a book that takes readers inside the journey from owning a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia, to starting one of the largest privately owned […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley New County Commission Chair Congratulations to Larsen Jay, the newly elected Chairman of the Knox County Commission! It was a victory for the new over the old, with Jay winning the chairmanship over veteran commissioner Randy Smith. While Smith had already served one stint as commission chair, perhaps the biggest point of […]

Jay and Schoonmaker named chair and vice chair of Knox Commission

Jay and Schoonmaker named chair and vice chair of Knox Commission

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County’s rural commissioners and the two new Democrats on the body came together Tuesday during the reorganization special session to elect Commissioner Larsen Jay as the new chairman. Lots of behind the scenes campaigning went on before the four new commissioners were sworn to office earlier that Tuesday […]

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, V

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, V

By Ray Hill 1964 was a presidential election year and Lyndon Johnson was running hard to win a term in his own right against Arizona senator Barry Goldwater.  Tennessee was slowly, but surely, becoming a two-party state.  The Republican nominee for president had carried the Volunteer State in 1920, 1928, 1952, 1956 and 1960.  Democrat […]