The Knoxville Focus for February 10, 2014

The Knoxville Focus for February 10, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. New Middle Schools Requested From School Board By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Middle school students in the Gibbs area are still bused to a school outside their area and the community is pleading for them to have their own school. Gibbs has an elementary school and a high school, […]

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Initiative

Knox Countians Approve Haslam Initiative

Click here to view full results. By Focus Staff By an overwhelming majority, Knox Countians approve Governor Bill Haslam’s proposed “Tennessee Promise.” The latest Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Bill Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise’ plan that would give Tennessee high school graduates free tuition at Tennessee community and […]

Halls Crossroads: Rooted in the past, moving toward the future

Halls Crossroads: Rooted in the past, moving toward the future

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com In the early days prior to Tennessee statehood, Emory Road ran east and west and Andersonville Road ran north and south. Where both intersected just north of Knoxville a thriving community was to develop. Emory Road was built in 1787. It was one of the earliest and busiest wagon roads in […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Five

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Five

By Ray Hill   Congressman Estes Kefauver had seriously contemplated challenging Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1946.  After exploring the possibility of running against McKellar, Kefauver decided the seventy-seven year old incumbent was still too strong to beat.  Kefauver turned his sights on the seat held by Tennessee’s other senator, Tom Stewart. Stewart had first […]

Lady Admirals hold on to eliminate defending champ Northwest

Lady Admirals hold on to eliminate defending champ Northwest

By Ken Lay By week’s end Knox County will have a new middle school girls basketball champion. Farragut Middle School assured that when it outlasted defending Knox County Middle School Champion Northwest 30-24 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the James A. Ivey, Jr. Memorial Middle School Basketball Tournament at Farragut’s Bobby J. Henry […]

TOMATO HEAD KICKS OFF LOVING SPOONFUL CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

 NON-PROFIT WUTK-FM IS FIRST PARTNER   A very popular locally owned restaurant, The Tomato Head, is kicking off its first-ever charitable giving campaign for non-profits during the month of February.  Dubbed Loving Spoonful, this month’s non-profit is WUTK-FM 90.3 The Rock, the award winning student radio station that acts as a lab for UT students, […]

CITY LEADERS FACE ‘TOUGH DECISIONS’ ON 2014-15 BUDGET

Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff at a Friday budget retreat with City Council outlined “tough decisions” due to steep fixed-cost increases for the 2014-15 fiscal year.   City officials detailed the City’s most recent accomplishments and proposed some strategic short-term investments aimed at protecting City infrastructure and leveraging private-sector partnerships in a way that […]

WS PACKAGING GROUP, INC. TO EXPAND AND CONSOLIDATE OPERATIONS IN KNOXVILLE

Printing and Labeling Company to Invest $43 Million, Create 231 New Jobs   NASHVILLE—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with WS Packaging Group, Inc. officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Knoxville by opening a new location in the PBR Building, located at 10215 […]

Being There

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s late afternoon as I begin this essay with snow falling and the world quiet.  Snow absorbs sound and causes people to slow down as winter dampens the world with its whiteness.  Becky loves snow, and so do I, especially with a cozy fire, good company and enough of things that […]