Williams honored by Careacter Star

Williams honored by Careacter Star

By Ken Lay Knoxville Focus sportswriter Steve Williams has a long career and on Friday night, he was honored by Careacter Star, an organization founded in East Tennessee to recognize student-athletes for academics, community service and character. Williams, who has been with The Focus since 2008, was named Careacter Star Sportswriter of the Year and […]

Getting to know Glenn Jacobs

Getting to know Glenn Jacobs

The Knoxville Focus is sitting down with several city and county officials, residents and community leaders for a series of casual chats that will, hopefully, let you get to know them on a personal level. Our first chat was with Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.   You’ve been mayor for several weeks now. How is […]

Central Streetscape project hits a snag

Central Streetscape project hits a snag

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com More than $217,000 is being added to a street project by the City of Knoxville because of some unexpected problems due to the age of the route. The council voted to add the funding, bringing the total project total to $4,956,597, in an agreement with Southern Contractors, Inc., for the […]

Sheriff says jail needs expanding

Sheriff says jail needs expanding

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There’s no question that the Knox County Jail needs to expand to house the increasing number of inmates. An overpopulation of prisoners being held pending trial and those jailed after convictions are placed at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in East Knox County and the downtown holding center. Sheriff […]

Joint Education Committee to meet

By Mike Steely The Knox County Joint Education Committee will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Building. Originally established to discuss differences between the Knox County Commission and the Knox County Board of Education the committee has several new members appointed by both bodies. Representing the school board are Patti Bounds, Virginia […]

Vols Upset #21/21 Auburn, 30-24, at Jordan-Hare Stadium

~From UTAD AUBURN, Ala. – Tennessee outscored No. 21/21 Auburn 17-7 in the final two quarters of Saturday’s game to earn its first road and SEC win of the season at Jordan-Hare Stadium. “We beat a really good football team today,” head coach Jeremy Pruitt said. “It’s like I told them in there, if we learn to execute and […]

ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Knoxville area residents are urged to add Sunday, October 21 to their calendars for the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at World’s Fair Park. Registration for this event begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 3 p.m.   There is no cost to register; however, teams are encouraged […]

This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Celebrate pumpkin spice and everything nice at fall & harvest festivals, arts and crafts festivals, fall color pontoon boat rides, fall hikes, pumpkin painting, storytelling nights around the campfire, chili cook-offs, fright nights, cemetery & ghost tours, Oktoberfest and Boo at the Zoo. Relax with Pumpkin Spice Yoga or at the first Tennessee Yoga Festival. […]

Four more areas in Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

The latest lab report has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Culex mosquitoes in the Fourth Avenue, Tower Drive, Choto/Heron’s Point, and Gulf Park/Venice Road areas of Knox County. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will  spray for mosquitoes in these areas on […]