Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association to Reopen Park Visitor Centers for MLK Jr. Weekend

Friends of the Smokies announced Thursday that it will temporarily fund the reopening of Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C., from Friday through Monday, Jan. 18-21.   Visitation to the park is expected to increase during these dates due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Both […]

Library to celebrate Dolly Parton’s birthday this Friday

Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library to host special birthday celebrations for Dolly on January 18 Join the Imagination Library and Knox County Public Library to celebrate Dolly Parton’s birthday at 10:30 a.m. on January 18. Five participating library locations, listed below, will host free story time programs with crafts and cupcakes. Guests will also […]

King Week Celebrations Close with MLK Parade, Memorial Tribute Service

In preparation for the Annual MLK Parade and Memorial Tribute, The MLK Commemorative Commission would like to ensure that participants are informed of the parade route and tribute service. The MLK Parade Monday, January 21, 2019 will begin at Midway (Chilhowee Park) 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville TN 37914. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at […]

City of Knoxville’s schedule for MLK Holiday Weekend

City of Knoxville offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.   Waste Connections will collect residential garbage and recycling on its regular schedule. Downtown trash and recycling will also be collected as usual. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only days of the year when residential curbside trash and recycling are […]

Legal and public notices for the week of January 14, 2019

Foreclosure notices       NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE   WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated January 8, 2009, executed by ANGELA BLY, conveying certain real property therein described to ROBERT WILSON, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the […]

The Lorraine Motel: She Saw Him Fall

Morristown, Tennessee: Fifty years ago, Clara Ester was a junior in college in Memphis.  It was late afternoon on a lovely April day.  Clara had arrived at the Lorraine Motel to join others for a catfish dinner, when she heard a loud noise. When she turned her head toward the noise, she saw Dr. King […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2019

City discusses complicated Tennova purchase   By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s plans to purchase the Tennova Physicians Regional Medical Center are more complicated than first announced with many variables playing into the proposal. Deputy Mayor Bill Lyons and Chief Operating Officer David Brace explained the twists and turns of the deal to relocate the […]

We Need to Pay More Attention to Public Pensions

We Need to Pay More Attention to Public Pensions

By Steve Hunley Did you know that currently there is SIX TRILLION dollars in unfunded pension debt in the United States of America? That encompasses the debt owed by states and local governments for unfunded public pension liabilities. In fact, according the American Legislative Exchange Council, that debt exceeds $6 trillion. The New York Times […]

Neighborhood Advisory Council sets topics for the year

Neighborhood Advisory Council sets topics for the year

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council met Wednesday at the Cansler Family YMCA in its first meeting of the year and brainstormed various topics it would like to hear about in coming meetings. Neighborhood Coordinator Debbie Sharp asked for ideas and those suggestions were tallied by her assistants. Suggestions selected from […]

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