An interview with Country Music Association CEO Steve Moore

  The start of CMAfest (also known as “Fan Fair”) is  just hours away.  Once again The Knoxville Focus will be reporting, tweeting and photographing the country music festival.     I sat down with  CEO of the CMA  Steve Moore recently and asked him what his thoughts are about CMAfest this year. Here is what he had […]

Gone Fishing…

  In what might be described as the perfect reflection of  “a tale of two cities,”  a fisherman sits and waits in solitude as city officials hold a press conference for one of the biggest business  projects in years.


                  Eight Tennessee football players have been named to Phil Steele’s 2013 Preseason All-SEC teams, including first-team defensive selections A.J. Johnson and Daniel McCullers. The Volunteers had four offensive linemen tabbed by Steele with center James Stone, guard Zach Fulton and tackle Antonio Richardson being named to […]

Mixed Use Development Planned for former Baptist Hospital Site

Georgia-based development firm Blanchard & Calhoun announced an estimated $120 million plan to develop the former Baptist Hospital site in South Knoxville this morning.  The commercial development firm has had the property under contract since 2012 and announced this morning plans to level the former Baptist building except for the office tower currently occupied by […]

The Cove at Concord Park to host Free Fishing Day

Who: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knox County Parks and Recreation, Tennessee Valley Sportsman Club and members of the community What: Free Fishing Day When: Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to noon Where: The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Dr. Background:  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is sponsoring Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June […]

Downtown Knoxville Lane Closures [June 3-6]

KUB and its contractor will implement intermittent lane closures in the downtown Knoxville area nightly between 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. beginning Monday, June 3, and lasting through Thursday, June 6, as work is completed on the underground electric distribution system in this area. There may be temporary traffic delays in the construction zones on […]

We asked…"What are you listening to?"

With both the CMAfest occurring this week I decided to ask a simple question to people throughout Knoxville… The first person I asked was Michael Grider. He is the  chief communication officer for the Knox County Mayor… Here is what is on his Ipod. “I hit shuffle on my iPod (4,103) songs:   Title/artist   […]


                      University of Tennessee senior linebacker Brent Brewer and junior rower Courtney Fritts have been invited to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum to be held June 8-11 in Indianapolis. The NCAA will provide education on career development and potential career opportunities for nearly 300 student-athletes from Divisions I, II and […]

South Waterfront Announcement Scheduled for Tomorrow

A press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 am at Volunteer Landing. It is expected that the announcement pertains to the development of the former Baptist Hospital site, which Georgia-based development firm Blanchard & Calhoun currently has under contract.  

Rhythms of Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Ethnicity has little to do with rhythm because my grandson Noah has it.  We don’t know where he got it because my son-in-law doesn’t dance.  Perhaps it’s some recessive or ancestral gene that courses through Noah’s blood and allows him to move like no white man I’ve ever seen. Sitting on […]