Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Diesel fuel tax would increase 70% By Steve Hunley As you’ve read here many times, the Knoxville News Sentinel is utterly predictable.  The News Sentinel has never seen a new tax or an existing tax increase that they didn’t like. So, the Sentinel surprised no one when it proclaimed Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase […]

Homeless Camp Cleaned Up in Halls

Homeless Camp Cleaned Up in Halls

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com You may ask yourself, “How can people live like that?” Just behind several businesses in Halls you find something you don’t expect, a littered homeless camp. Normally you’d think of the random camps for street people as a downtown Knoxville problem. Yet here and there outside the city the homeless find […]

Safety Center Opponents Fill Meeting

Safety Center Opponents Fill Meeting

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It has been a long and bumpy road but as the idea of a Safety Center for mentally ill public offenders is within site there’s another obstacle: community reaction. With $1.5 million for each of two years that may be coming to Knox County from the state, a county and city […]

Tennessee and American Neutrality

Tennessee and American Neutrality

By 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was fast approaching perhaps the biggest crisis of his presidency, aside from the Great Depression, with war looming in Europe.  Roosevelt turned to his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull of Tennessee.  Tall, stately, dignified and reserved, if not actually austere, Cordell Hull looked like a statesman, but Hull shared some […]

Oak Ridge routs Lady Hawks to claim title

Oak Ridge routs Lady Hawks to claim title

  By Ken Lay OAK RIDGE — Hardin Valley Academy’s girls basketball team made it to the Region 2-AAA Tournament Championship Game for the first time in school history Wednesday night. But things didn’t go well for the Lady Hawks at Wildcat Arena. HVA scored the first basket of the game but its offense was […]

Anticipate short-term closures on Concord Street, Tobler Lane

Over the next week and a half, Norfolk Southern Railway will be changing out the rails and smoothing out the tracks at two crossings, which will require full closures of Concord Street and Tobler Lane for short periods of time.   Work at the Concord Street railroad crossing (between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue) is […]

Community College Leaders Symposium March 30-31

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will co-sponsor a regional symposium for community college leaders and educators in Appalachia who are interested in enhancing economic growth in their areas. The summit, “Leveraging Assets in Your Local […]

Mardi Growl Parade to feature hundreds of costumed dogs

Young-Williams Animal Center will celebrate the 10th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival downtown on Saturday, March 4.   Be sure to bring Fido – he’s been looking forward to attending Knoxville’s biggest dog party, presented by the Old City Wine Bar. But motorists also should anticipate some street closures and temporary no-parking zones associated […]

East Tennessee Endangered 8 Nominations Sought

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in our region. The objective of the list is to inform our communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance […]

Tennessee To Introduce John Currie On March 2

The University of Tennessee will hold an introductory program and press conference to welcome new vice chancellor and director of athletics John Currie on Thursday, March 2, at Thompson-Boling Arena. The introductory program will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET inside Thompson-Boling Arena with a press conference following at 5 p.m. in the Ray Mears Room. […]

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