The Knoxville Focus for December 28, 2015

Knox County Commission votes ‘NO’ on McIntyre Contract By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission shot a cannon across the bow of the school board Monday afternoon, voting 9-2 against the Knox County Board of Education’s contract extention with Superintendent Jim McIntyre. So the vote by the commission, in effect, was a “no confidence” […]

11th Year for Popular Event at Fountain City Auction

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you love collecting advertising items, be it large TEXACO signs or small kids’ pedal toys, you’ll want to attend the largest auction of its kind at the Fountain City Auction this Saturday, January 2. The fun begins at noon Saturday and Greg Lawson, owner of the popular auction house, says […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate, Part III

By Ray Hill Harry Truman’s miraculous campaign for president in 1948 has become part of American political lore.  Just about every American who can see has seen the famous picture of a beaming Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the headline blaring “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Yet 1948 was not the most […]

2015: A year of change

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The past twelve months have seen many changes in Knox County and yet some things remain the same. The Knoxville Mayor and City Council were re-elected and county commissioners and other officials turned in their petitions for the 2016 elections. The first leg of the Knox-Blount Greenway was completed from the […]

Packed house present for city oaths of office

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The recent swearing in of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, four councilmen and the city judge drew a standing-room only crowd to the City-County Building on the morning of December 19. Rogero, who captured the second term with only minor opposition, was joined when taking the oath by her husband, Gene Monaco, […]

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 23 to January 4   NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the […]

New Deal for Butch Jones… The Right Move?

By Alex Norman Welcome to the four million dollar club, Butch Jones! Last week Tennessee announced that the Vols football coach was receiving a $500,000 raise, bringing his total compensation up to $4.1 million per season.  Jones is under contract through the 2020 season. In a statement released by the University of Tennessee’s Sports Information […]

Home For Christmas

By Ralphine Major “It was a goal,” he said of the three words:  “Home for Christmas.”  The very thought of getting home in time for Christmas kept hope alive.  Hope was important for someone thousands of miles from home.  It was especially important for someone trying to survive in a foreign land fighting a war.  […]

Christmas Offers Us Hope

By Joe Rector Well, it’s here. Little ones thought the time would never come; some adults wished it hadn’t. Either way, Christmas is upon us. The year has been a tough one for us, but in spite of the bad, something magical occurs when this time of year arrives. Our challenges in life are many, […]

A Life Remembered

By Rosie Moore People who write have a tendency to include feelings, happenings, and thoughts that occurred during their lifetimes and I’m sure Charles Dickens was a great forebear of that tendency. Born in 1812 in Portsmouth, London, he was an English writer and social critic, creating some of the world’s best fictional characters. He […]