What to do when suspected of DUI

By Jedidiah McKeehan Okay, so you have been pulled over by a police officer, probably late at night, and probably shortly after you’ve left an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages.  The officer has already asked for your license, insurance information and (possibly) registration, which you are required to provide, and begins to inquire about your […]

The Buzz from Buzz: July Edition

By Sally Absher   A few weeks ago, The Focus had an opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas. We talked about the new school year, administrative appointments, and some announced and rumored changes in Central Office staff. Thomas plans to continue the tradition of visiting schools across the district […]

The Chalk Board for August 1, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s School Time in Tennessee! A hearty “Welcome back” to all of Knox County’s wonderful teachers and school administrators as you return to school this week! We wish you the very best for the 2016-2017 school year! Check The Focus often for news and updates you may not find in the other […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

  Early voting turnout low, but up over four years ago By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com About 8,000 voters have taken advantage of early voting as of Thursday and Chris Davis, Assistant Administrator of Elections, told The Focus the participation is actually an increase over the last commission election. “We’re actually up 609 voters over the […]

PTAs contribute to their schools

PTAs contribute to their schools

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Among the many requests from Knox County Schools routinely approved by the County Commission are several resolutions to approve donations to the schools. Some of these go unnoticed but the contributions of local PTAs are notable. For instance, Pond Gap is in the midst of construction as the modular classrooms are […]

School grants questioned, lower fire rates, military leave

School grants questioned, lower fire rates, military leave

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Routinely approving expenditures and grants to the school system brought a request last week from one commissioner during the regular meeting of the Knox County Commission. Commissioner Charles Busler said that in the past a $600,000 grant was approved and resulted in the hiring of six additional county employees. Busler said […]

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

By Ralphine Major I looked at the leafy, green lily bush now wilted by summer’s stifling heat.  I see leaves that have already fallen from trees and try to decide, is it still summer—or early fall?  July brought a flurry of “Christmas in July” events including special promotions and sales, a line-up of favorite Christmas […]

Old City Hall gets a New Old Look

Old City Hall gets a New Old Look

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com A small change is coming to one of the most historic buildings in downtown Knoxville. You’ll probably not notice what’s happening there but, in fact, the change will take the building to its early appearance. Recently the Historic Zoning Commission approved of enclosing an exterior recessed area on a building at […]

KCS August Board of Education Meetings This Week

KCS BOE will hold its work session on Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. in the boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay St.) The regular session will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at 5 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building (400 W. […]

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