The Chalk Board for August 1, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s School Time in Tennessee! A hearty “Welcome back” to all of Knox County’s wonderful teachers and school administrators as you return to school this week! We wish you the very best for the 2016-2017 school year! Check The Focus often for news and updates you may not find in the other […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for August 1, 2016

  Early voting turnout low, but up over four years ago By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com About 8,000 voters have taken advantage of early voting as of Thursday and Chris Davis, Assistant Administrator of Elections, told The Focus the participation is actually an increase over the last commission election. “We’re actually up 609 voters over the […]

PTAs contribute to their schools

PTAs contribute to their schools

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Among the many requests from Knox County Schools routinely approved by the County Commission are several resolutions to approve donations to the schools. Some of these go unnoticed but the contributions of local PTAs are notable. For instance, Pond Gap is in the midst of construction as the modular classrooms are […]

School grants questioned, lower fire rates, military leave

School grants questioned, lower fire rates, military leave

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Routinely approving expenditures and grants to the school system brought a request last week from one commissioner during the regular meeting of the Knox County Commission. Commissioner Charles Busler said that in the past a $600,000 grant was approved and resulted in the hiring of six additional county employees. Busler said […]

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

By Ralphine Major I looked at the leafy, green lily bush now wilted by summer’s stifling heat.  I see leaves that have already fallen from trees and try to decide, is it still summer—or early fall?  July brought a flurry of “Christmas in July” events including special promotions and sales, a line-up of favorite Christmas […]

Old City Hall gets a New Old Look

Old City Hall gets a New Old Look

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com A small change is coming to one of the most historic buildings in downtown Knoxville. You’ll probably not notice what’s happening there but, in fact, the change will take the building to its early appearance. Recently the Historic Zoning Commission approved of enclosing an exterior recessed area on a building at […]

KCS August Board of Education Meetings This Week

KCS BOE will hold its work session on Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. in the boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay St.) The regular session will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at 5 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building (400 W. […]

Commissioners Ed & Bob’s Night Out is August 17

Knox County At-Large Commissioners Ed Brantley & Bob Thomas will be at Love That Bar B Q, 1901 Maryville Pike, Wednesday, August 17 from 5 .m. to 7 p.m. to meet the people of South Knox County and listen to their concerns. Ed and Bob feel that going out to the people eases the strain […]

Celebrate FREE Family Fun Day at the KMA

Children of all ages enjoy Family Fun Day at the KMA

Celebrate FREE Family Fun Day at the KMA

Come celebrate with the Knoxville Museum of Art at Family Fun Day Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This FREE family event is packed with art-making stations, artist demonstrations, face painting, continuous entertainment on stage, glass blowing, a magic show, gallery tours, and live music. Enjoy snacks for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. […]

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