The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 12, 2015

  October Board of Education Meetings Yield Unexpected Outcomes By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 5, 2015

Congratulations Mayor Rogero! By Steve Hunley   Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero made history by becoming the first woman to be elected to serve as the city’s chief executive.  In fact, Madeline Rogero was the first woman ever to be elected as mayor of one of Tennessee’s four big cities.  Nashville has just elected their first […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 28, 2015

  City Primary Tomorrow By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city-wide primary election for mayor, city council, and municipal judge is tomorrow following a low turnout for early voting. At close of early voting Thursday, the Election Commission reported a total of 2002 votes being cast along with 588 absentees, bringing the total to 2590 votes. […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 21, 2015

The Knoxville Focus for September 21, 2015

Here comes Hollerpalooza! By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The event may have not taken place last year but North Knoxville’s Happy Hollerpalooza is back and bigger than ever this year. The expanded street fair opens Saturday, September 26 from noon until 5 p.m. with more than 40 vendors. Happy Holler is a nationally recognized historic area […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 14, 2015

Area seniors remember 9/11 By Ken Lay A group of area senior citizens commemorated the 14th anniversary of 9/11 Friday at the John O’Connor Senior Center by remembering the first responders who were injured or perished. In addition to remembering those heroes, the group of 200 seniors also participated in disaster preparedness discussions. Many of […]

The Knoxville Focus for September 8, 2015

Dave Wright elected County Commission Chairman By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com By a vote of the Knox County Commission, Commissioner Dave Wright of the 8th District was elected chairman during a called meeting Tuesday.  In a split vote Commissioner Bob Thomas, serving his first term as At-Large Seat 10, was selected to be vice chairman. “I […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 31, 2015

Replica of Mayberry Sheriff Car at Fountain City Auction By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Who doesn’t like Andy Taylor and Barney Fife of Mayberry fame? Both Andy Griffith and Don Knotts are gone now but their fame lives in reruns and in the memories of many, many people. This Friday, September 4, at Fountain City Auction […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 24, 2015

Farragut Hotel gets OK By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The multimillion-dollar renovation of the historic Farragut Hotel at 530 Gay Street got a go-ahead vote from Knoxville City Council Tuesday night with only one councilman objecting. The project, by Rick Dover’s Dover Development Corporation, received approval to become the recipient of a $2.9 million loan if […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 17, 2015

Overflow crowd at Botanical Garden Welcome Center By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com More than two hundred people, including current, future and past elected officials, attended the dedication of the new Welcome Center Friday at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Anna Ford, Interim Executive Director, welcomed the large audience by noting that Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee […]

Knoxville Focus for August 10, 2015

School Board Defers Non-Renewal Policy, Adopts New Superintendent Evaluation Tool By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Board of Education decided last week to postpone further discussion and action on changes to Board Policy GBG, which would give the board the final say on non-renewals and allow non-tenured teachers to appeal a non-renewal decision and […]

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