Knoxville Focus for July 20, 2015

Missing Fort Adair Historic Marker located   By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Fountain City, like many neighborhoods in Knoxville, is growing. Growth means changes and sometimes those changes, although welcomed, destroy something meaningful that was there before. The Fort Adair Historic Marker, which stood on Broadway near a stone monument that was erected in 1924 by […]

Knoxville Focus for July 13, 2015

South Waterfront Park begins By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The ground was broken for the Suttree Landing Park Tuesday for what will eventually be part of a 3-mile long River Walk, stretching along the south side of the Tennessee River. The River Walk will connect the City View development and the former Baptist Hospital to the […]

Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2015

Board of Education Passes Budget Mayor Burchett’s Budget Includes New Middle Schools for Gibbs and Hardin Valley Communities, Payraises For County Employees, No Tax Increase! By Focus Staff The Knox County Board of Education met last week and approved the Memorandum of Understanding brokered by Mayor Tim Burchett and approved by the County Commission, as well […]

Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2015

Commission refuses to ‘cure’ Broad contract By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com By a 9-1 vote the Knox County Commission refused to “cure” Knox County School Superintendent James McIntyre’s unapproved acceptance of a $29,700 grant from The Broad Center for Management of School Systems. The Superintendent received the grant last year but did not get approval from […]

Knoxville Focus for June 22, 2015

Tate’s new Middle School to include Aeroponic Gardening By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com While many of Knoxville’s schools incorporate gardens into their learning environment, Tate’s new Middle School is taking that to a whole new level. Tate’s School  announced last week that they will be the first Middle School in East Tennessee to introduce 6th grade […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 15, 2015

Sock Hop Benefit entertaining, successful For a few hours on Thursday, June 4, time warped back to the ‘50s at the Knox County Museum of Education’s first annual fundraiser “Let’s Go Back to the Hop.” The event raised just over $9,000 for the museum’s operating budget. “The sock hop was more than a delightful event […]

Knoxville Focus for June 8, 2015

BOE votes to ‘cure’ mismanagement of grants By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education was desperately looking for a way to fix the problems with the Broad Resident Program grant revealed last month, in which a grant award requiring matching funds from the county was neither voted on by the BOE or submitted to […]

Knoxville Focus for June 1, 2015

  Corryton honors veterans By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were numerous ceremonies held over the Memorial Day weekend but few had the feeling of a community drawing together to honor their local veterans as did the event last Monday afternoon at Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Corryton. Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, who is […]

Knoxville Focus for May 26, 2015

Robust Discussion at Joint Commission/School Board Meeting By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The annual joint meeting between the Knox County Commission and the Knox County Board of Education took place last Thursday at the East Tennessee History Center. The topic was Mayor Burchett’s recommended $435M funding for the schools, about $6.5M less than the BOE-approved budget […]

Knoxville Focus for May 18, 2015

Rescue Squad Assists with Meads Quarry Dive, Cleanup On Saturday, May 16, the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad conducted a dive training exercise and cleanup of Meads Quarry in South Knoxville as part of a project to assist Ijams Nature Center. Ijams Nature Center offers a variety of recreational activities at the Quarry, and the […]

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