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By Focus Staff The most recent Knoxville Focus poll asked the question, “In your opinion, should the Knox Law Director be elected by the people or appointed by the Knox County Commission?” The results show voters in every Commission district overwhelmingly favor electing the county Law Director. Interestingly, the district the most strongly in favor […]
By Focus Staff The long debate over Superintendent James McIntyre’s request for 35 million new dollars, requiring a 35-cent increase in the property tax, expired at the recent meeting of the Knox County Commission. McIntyre’s supposedly visionary budget died a relatively peaceful death as not a single member of the County Commission dared to move […]
By Ray Hill Even as a freshman Congressman, Kenneth McKellar had demonstrated an ability to bring improvements and projects to his district, a talent that would serve him and Tennessee well during his legislative career. In April of 1912 as much as 170 acres of Memphis had been inundated with floodwater, including the city […]
1. Your band Overtone has been on “Ellen,” toured with Corrine Bailey Rae, opened twice for One Republic, is currently playing on Satellite radio and now is on a major hit reality TV show involving Dina Eastwood. Coming so far as a band professionally, do you believe the band has “made it” in the industry? […]
By Steve Williams If an award were given to the Knox County high school which had the most success in TSSAA Division I competition in 2011-12, it would be hard to argue against Christian Academy of Knoxville receiving the honor. Beginning with a state championship in girls soccer at Chattanooga in early November and ending […]
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More Than 75% Say They Would Not Vote for Hammond By Focus Staff For those who don’t think there would be political repercussions from the proposed tax increases sought by school Superintendent James McIntyre, the results of this week’s Focus poll indicates otherwise. More than 500 Knox County voters were asked the question, “Knox County […]
Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama honored Patricia “Pat” Summitt, former head coach and current head coach emeritus of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national […]
By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was forty-two years old when first elected to the House of Representatives in a 1911 special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman George Washington Gordon. His rise to political prominence had come despite the fact he was not a native of Memphis or Tennessee, having […]