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The Senate’s Dandy: James Hamilton Lewis of Illinois

The Senate’s Dandy: James Hamilton Lewis of Illinois

By Ray Hill It seems highly unlikely anyone could be elected to any office today if he or she exhibited just a few of the eccentricities that were a part…

Knox County GOP finds unity through diversity

Knox County GOP finds unity through diversity

By Tasha Mahurin The West Knox Republican Club’s annual Holiday dinner, held last week at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, had an altogether inclusive flair this year. Members from across…

South Doyle takes Rugby Sevens Title

South Doyle takes Rugby Sevens Title

By Ken Lay MURFREESBORO— The South Doyle rugby club ended a six-month journey with a State Championship at Middle Tennessee State University recently. The Cherokees played in a grueling Tennessee…

Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2012

Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2012

  Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Judge Tim Irwin Wants Your Stuffed Animals By Focus Staff When first seeing Tim Irwin, Judge of Knox County’s Juvenile Court,…

Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

By Focus Staff In this week’s Knoxville Focus poll, likely voters were asked the question, “In your opinion, should the Superintendent of Schools in Knox County be elected by the…

The Vols (Finally) Have Their Man

The Vols (Finally) Have Their Man

By Alex Norman You can’t spell “Butch” without U-T… After 19 days and reportedly three failed attempts, the University of Tennessee announced that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones would become the 24th…

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

By Ray Hill Ellison DuRant Smith was one of the more colorful figures in South Carolina’s oftentimes turbulent political history.  It was frequent said, “His name is Ellison DuRant Smith…

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Tensions were high last week when an estimated 600 of South Knox residents, concerned citizens, and elected officials made their way into the auditorium at South…

Martha Lee’s Jewelry

Martha Lee’s Jewelry

  By Sarah Baker bakers@knoxfocus.com Martha Lee’s Jewelry is the ideal place to shop for Christmas gifts this year, especially if you’re looking for something thoughtful and distinctive. As soon…

Knoxville Focus for Monday, December 3

Knoxville Focus for Monday, December 3

Click here to view this week’s entire Focus online. Safety a factor in proposed JWPE By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com The list of officials and organizations opposed to the proposed extension…