The Knoxville Focus for August 31, 2015

Replica of Mayberry Sheriff Car at Fountain City Auction By Mike Steely 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 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 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 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 […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2015

Can Cell Towers Be Stopped? By Mike Steelysteelym@knoxfocus.comCan anything be done to stop a cell tower from being located in your neighborhood?Requests are constantly being made to the city and county for more and more cell phone towers as the number of smart phone users grow and cell phone providers reach out to serve and […]

Knoxville Focus for July 27, 2015

Karns Senior Center opens By Mike Steely Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and County Commission Chairman Brad Anders spoke at the ribbon cutting to open the Karns Senior Center Friday. Burchett said the need and push for the county’s sixth senior center, especially for the Karns Community, has been a multi-year effort by Anders […]

Knoxville Focus for July 20, 2015

Missing Fort Adair Historic Marker located   By Mike Steely 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 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 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 […]