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OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: What’s in a name?

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: What’s in a name?

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Throughout Knox County there are places that we probably know the names of but may not know why. This week The Focus takes a look at…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

By Ray Hil By the decade of the 1940s, E. H. Crump, master of the Shelby County political machine, completely dominated Tennessee politics in partnership with Senator Kenneth D. McKellar. …

Home run explosion powers Karns to district title

Home run explosion powers Karns to district title

By Steve Williams They didn’t move in the fences at the Karns Little League baseball field this season. It just seems that way. Coach Shane Parks’ 12-year-old All-Star team belted…

Knoxville boy leads nation’s Junior Olympians in discus event

Knoxville boy leads nation’s Junior Olympians in discus event

By Steve Williams Like most youngsters, Josh Sobota has dreams and goals. He hopes his come true in the Olympics someday. That’s a long way off, but the 14-year-old, who…

Legal and Public Notices for 07/07/14

WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated December 23, 1998, executed by JACQUELINE N. PELLICER, conveying certain real…

July 4th Polemic and Hope

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   My daughter is an English teacher, and writer. She recently commented that I am prolific.  I do seem to have a lot to say, perhaps…

A Day Away: The Real ‘Walton’s Mountain’

By Mike Steely If you are a fan of The Waltons you may know that Ralph Waite, who played the father in the beloved series, died this past February at…

Saturdays back then

By Joe Rector A couple of weeks ago, I visited a friend on Saturday morning. After a good visit, I hopped into my car and felt as if I’d just…

Lovely Lois

By Ralphine Major She is a lady of many talents.  Focus readers first met her in “What’s in the Bag?” on 12-23-13.  The little blue and white teddy bear my…

Rosie’s World: SOME SUNDRY THOUGHTS

SOME SUNDRY  THOUGHTS   “Blow me a kiss from across the room. Say I look nice when I’m not. Touch my hair as you pass my chair, Little things mean…