Rocky Top draft opens summer season

By Ken Lay The Pilot Rocky Top Basketball League got its season underway with its draft Wednesday night at Doc’s All American Grille and Sports Bar. The league which opens play tonight (June 16) at Catholic High School, begins its eighth year and coaches are excited and eager to tip things off at a new […]

Our Neighborhoods: South Knoxville Waterfront

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It’s obvious to anyone passing by or looking at the old Baptist Hospital site that something is happening on Knoxville’s south waterfront. Yet, the demolition of the old hospital is not the only thing happening across the river. Within a few years the entire south side of the Holston River will […]

12 Star Program Provides Valuable Resource for Alzheimer’s Patients, Families

By David Klein Bringing a new concept in a support group for Alzheimer’s care and Dementia in East Tennessee, the Tennessee 12 Star Family Support Group, hosted by Courtyard Senior Living, provides social activities for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia while their family members learn how to better care for them and support […]

Gresham beats West Valley to nab soccer title

Gresham beats West Valley to nab soccer title

By Ken Lay Gresham Middle School’s boys soccer team ended its 2014 season recently with a Smoky Mountain Middle Soccer Championship. The Gladiators notched a 1-0 win over West Valley to claim the title. Gresham finished the season with a 10-1-1 record. Evan Downen scored the lone goal of the championship match against the Wolves […]

Rams end long road with baseball title

Rams end long road with baseball title

By Ken Lay HARRIMAN—Grace Christian Academy’s baseball took a long road to win the District 3-A Championship. The Rams, who had to come through the loser’s bracket, clinched the title with a 4-0 win over Midway Thursday night at Harriman High School. “I’m extremely proud of our guys,” said Mitch Turner, GCA’s first-year coach. “We […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Nine

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Nine

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s Estes Kefauver had won more primaries and votes than any other contender for the 1952 Democratic presidential nomination, yet he journeyed to Chicago uncertain of the outcome. One thing was certainly clear: he was bitterly opposed by President Harry Truman and most of the party professionals. Senator Richard Russell of Georgia […]

Lady Hawks notch comeback win over West

Lady Hawks notch comeback win over West

By Ken Lay The recent snow hampered practice plans for Hardin Valley Academy’s girls basketball team — and the lack of gym time was evident early in Friday night’s game against West High School. The Lady Hawks would eventually celebrate Senior Night with a 75-59 District 4-AAA victory over the Lady Rebels but HVA had […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Three

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Three

By Ray Hill Estes Kefauver had started out his political life allied to the ruling faction in Tennessee politics; that of senior Senator Kenneth D. McKellar and E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine.  With his election to Congress in 1939, Kefauver began to drift away from his political moorings.  When the […]

Bangash, Lady Rebels down Bearden in OT thriller

Bangash, Lady Rebels down Bearden in OT thriller

By Ken Lay On a night filled with clutch plays and big performances it was Leila Bangash who stole the show for Maryville High School’s girls basketball team in its 58-57 overtime victory at Bearden Wednesday night. “What about Leila Bangash?” Lady Rebels’ coach Scott West said. “She had 12 rebounds and hit all of […]