Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

By Focus Staff In this week’s Knoxville Focus poll, likely voters were asked the question, “In your opinion, should the Superintendent of Schools in Knox County be elected by the people of appointed by the School Board?” Overall, almost 70% favor an elected Superintendent. The results differed in some districts, but even inside the City […]

The Vols (Finally) Have Their Man

By Alex Norman You can’t spell “Butch” without U-T… After 19 days and reportedly three failed attempts, the University of Tennessee announced that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones would become the 24th head coach in Vols history.  He agreed to a six year deal, worth $18.2 million (plus incentives). “It is truly an honor and a privilege […]

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

By Ray Hill Ellison DuRant Smith was one of the more colorful figures in South Carolina’s oftentimes turbulent political history.  It was frequent said, “His name is Ellison DuRant Smith and he sure do rant.”  More commonly, he was known simply as “Cotton Ed.” E. D. Smith was born while the War Between the States […]

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Tensions were high last week when an estimated 600 of South Knox residents, concerned citizens, and elected officials made their way into the auditorium at South Doyle Middle School for TDOT’s public hearing on the James White Parkway Extension Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). TDOT revealed plans for a freeway design […]

Martha Lee’s Jewelry

Martha Lee’s Jewelry

  By Sarah Baker bakers@knoxfocus.com Martha Lee’s Jewelry is the ideal place to shop for Christmas gifts this year, especially if you’re looking for something thoughtful and distinctive. As soon as you walk through the front door, you are surrounded by beautiful colors and textures assuring you that you have come to the right place. […]

TENNESSEE ANNOUNCES BUTCH JONES AS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

The University of Tennessee announced today that Butch Jones has been hired as the 24th head football coach of the Vols. Jones owns a 50-27 record (.649) in six seasons as a head coach and joins UT from the University of Cincinnati, where he finished with a 23-14 record (.657) in three seasons with the Bearcats. […]

Local Parks Recognized

Knox County Parks and Recreation was recently awarded two Orchid Awards from Keep Knoxville Beautiful for the completion of Concord PetSafe Dog Park and the installation of new kiosks at Halls Community Park and Powell Station Park. These beautification awards are submitted by the public and awarded by a panel of independent judges. For more […]

Skateboarders vs PBA

Reflections from Focus reporter Dan Andrews… The classic, age-old battle between youth and authority is occurring once again in downtown Knoxville, albeit in a unique location. Quietly tucked away behind the tall BB&T building and the Andrew Johnson Building is a brightly lit, smoothly paved, and, at nights, empty parking garage. Perfect for daring and […]