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Want to ride a horse or a camel?

By Mike Steely If you’re looking for a place within an easy day’s drive from Knoxville where you can ride a horse or a camel, there are a couple of…

State Parks near Knoxville

By Mike Steely I think I’ve written that my wife and I have visited almost all the state parks in Tennessee, from Reelfoot Lake in the northwest corner to Roan…

Cumberland Gap: Gateway to the War

By Mike Steely With the upcoming remembrance of 150 years since the end of the American Civil War being held in Knoxville a little known fact is the importance of…

Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African…

Something for everyone at Neighborhood Conference

Something for everyone at Neighborhood Conference

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com More than 80 information booths, 32 workshops, door prizes, and all for free — sounds like a large event, doesn’t it? It certainly is and…

More Knox County Curiosities

More Knox County Curiosities

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com Here and there around our county are places where you’ll find curious things, places and some things that simply are interesting and odd. You can travel…

Chicken City: More than ‘Hillbilly Pride’

Chicken City: More than ‘Hillbilly Pride’

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com “We cut fresh meat daily,” said John Maxwell, General Manager of Chicken City on North Central in Knoxville. You’ve seen Chicken City, located at 2518 North…

Beaufort is nice in fall and winter

By Mike Steely It’s only 8 hours away, more or less, and it’s a place you’ve seen even if you’ve never been there. Beaufort, S.C., is north of Hilton Head…

A Day Away: Visiting the sad cemetery at Lakeshore

By Mike Steely I was over at Lakeshore Park recently taking photos for a feature story and decided to go across Lyons View Pike and visit the East Tennessee Veterans…

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