The Knoxville Focus for December 27, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for December 27, 2021

Local artisan ‘quilts’ with wood By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com He’s a friendly fellow who has a very unique home-made product. Dan Grogan’s Scrap Wood Quilts are framed wood art designed in quilt patterns and have proven popular among people looking for something different for their homes or office. The Focus caught up with […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley Redistricting 2022 One of the big developments recently was the announcement the Tennessee General Assembly’s redistricting committee has already approved a redistricting plan.  The plan makes some interesting changes in the legislative map, including here in Knox County.  As was speculated in The Focus earlier this year, state Representatives Gloria Johnson and […]

‘I dream big,’ says new Bearden head coach

‘I dream big,’ says new Bearden head coach

(Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a two-part story on Bearden High School’s new head football coach,  Josh Jones)   By Steve Williams Josh Jones’ longtime success in youth football led to his opportunity to coach at the high school level. His knowledge on the offensive side of the ball played a big part […]

On turning 75

On turning 75

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com I was born the day after Christmas in 1946, seventy-five years ago. I’m one of the first Baby Boomers and find myself now as a husband, father and grandfather. I met my wife in high school and she and I have moved here and there around the nation as […]

The Gift of the Fer-Guy

The Gift of the Fer-Guy

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A writer is rarely satisfied with his prose. I am always looking for a better word or better phrasing of my stories. Perhaps The Focus publishing deadline serves a purpose and, at least for this writer, forces closure on what might be a never-ending edit. Sometimes you just have to conclude […]

Politicians Are Soon Forgotten

Politicians Are Soon Forgotten

By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com My father told me many years ago that people forget you when you leave office faster than the ripples disappear when you throw a rock in the water. Former Congressman John Kasich said a friend of his told him, “When you leave office you won’t need a phone, because […]

Making the most of two chances

Making the most of two chances

By Tom Mattingly If you’re so inclined, cast a glance toward North Florida today (Dec. 27, 2021) and remember a significant moment in the history of Tennessee football. The final game of the Doug Dickey era at Tennessee (Sept. 19, 1964–Dec. 27, 1969) came at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. SEC champ and No. 11 […]

A year of restoration yields results at Old Gray Cemetery

A year of restoration yields results at Old Gray Cemetery

  By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Russell Kuhlman, president of the Old Gray Board of Trustees, noted the many improvements and restorations at Old Gray Cemetery this past year. In a letter to friends of the cemetery, Kuhlman said generous donations led to the improvements at the gatehouse that included roof and chimney repairs. […]

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