The Knoxville Focus for May 16, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for May 16, 2016

No new taxes and more money for schools, Safety Center and zoo By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If there was a surprise in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s annual budget proposal last week it was for an additional $200,000 for the Behavior Health Urgent Care Center, formerly called “The Safety Center.” The mayor had already set […]

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week a group of citizen journalists released a report on their investigation of Knox County Schools dismissal practices at the monthly meeting of Students, Parents, and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK). Fifth District Board candidate Susan Horn was also in attendance. The report, “A Review of Personnel Dismissals by Knox […]

FDR Comes to Tennessee

FDR Comes to Tennessee

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Tennessee several times during his presidency.  It gave local politicians the opportunity to bask in the glow of Roosevelt’s magnetic presence and the people of Tennessee to actually see the jaunty tilt of FDR’s large head, cigarette holder firmly clenched between his teeth.  The popular image […]

American Legion appeals to City Council

American Legion appeals to City Council

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville City Council passed on first reading Mayor Rogero’s proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday night. The officials heard reports from the Historic Zoning Commission about saving historic properties and from Kim Trent, of Knox Heritage, about such efforts and her intentions to release the new “Endangered 15” list next […]

Bearden eliminates Rebels on emotional night 7-2

Bearden eliminates Rebels on emotional night 7-2

By Ken Lay Bearden High School boys soccer coach Ryan Radcliffe admitted that soccer took a back seat Thursday night but he knew that his top-seeded Bulldogs had to play a District 4-AAA Tournament semifinal. Bearden (16-3) did play and win as it eliminated fourth-seeded West High School with a 7-2 victory at Bruce Allender […]

Duhamel runs from TSD to UT

Duhamel runs from TSD to UT

  By Steve Williams Gashaw Duhamel has won a lot of races in his decorated prep career, but his greatest victory has been making Tennessee School for the Deaf very proud. The announcement that TSD athletic director Luke Benson e-mailed to The Knoxville Focus and other media outlets last Thursday tells it all: “Gashaw Duhamel […]

Commission considers budget and a temporary school superintendent

Commission considers budget and a temporary school superintendent

By Mike Steely The Knox County Commission meets in a work session Monday afternoon beginning with a public hearing on the proposed budget and then consider its regular meeting agenda that include everything from approving a contract for services for Inmate Pharmacy Management to hearing a rezoning request on Choto Road for a much opposed […]

City Parks and Recreation makes move to new headquarters in Lakeshore Park

City Parks and Recreation offices are now officially located in the newly restored historic administration building in Lakeshore Park, located at 6410 S. Northshore Drive.   For decades, City Parks and Recreation offices have been split between locations at E. Fifth Avenue offices and administration offices in the City County Building downtown.   Now, Parks […]

Historic Rugby To Host “Rugby Roots” Music And Performing Arts Festival May 28

Historic Rugby To Host “Rugby Roots” Music And Performing Arts Festival May 28

When Historic Rugby returns to its roots, it sure sounds good.   Tennessee’s world-famous utopian Victorian village will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with “Rugby Roots,” a music and performing arts festival featuring British and Appalachian music, dancing, and storytelling.   The festival will take place Saturday, May 28. Daytime performances begin at noon and continue […]

Johnson University Celebrates Teacher of the Year Awards with State Senator Massey

Johnson University Celebrates Teacher of the Year Awards with State Senator Massey

State Senator Massey joins Johnson University’s Templar School of Education in celebrating alumni who have excelled in the field of teaching On Monday, May 9th, the Johnson University community and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of thirteen Templar School of Education alumni from the Knoxville area who were awarded 2016 Teacher of the Year […]

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