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 […]

It’s not good to confuse the voter

By Steve Hunley By this time, readers of The Knoxville Focus realize you won’t find the voice of the political or business establishment inside these pages.  We have plenty of other local media for that.  Yet some folks are mighty slow in realizing the general public is growing more and more restive under the existing […]

Strawberry Plains Library gets computer grant

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Strawberry Plains will have a state of the art computer lab thanks to a $9,000 grant. Donna Phillips, director of the library at 3133 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, announced the grant last week. The library serves residents in the area that is split between Knox, […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part II

By Ray Hill Luke Lea had not only survived the intense political wars in Tennessee, but had profited from them. Elected to the United States Senate in 1911, Lea’s alliance with “Independent” Democrats and Republicans had created a “fusionist” combine that held the governorship, both seats in the United States Senate and the Tennessee House […]

Coaches welcome new region alignments and playoff format

  By Steve Williams No more quadrants. No more playoff bracket announcement redoes. No more head scratching. The TSSAA’s new Division I region alignments and playoff format certainly will give high school football a different look this season, and head coaches responding to a survey by The Knoxville Focus last week welcome much of, if […]

Everly Park Dedicated

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “In the last couple of years this little park has been known by different names. It was the Everly Brothers Conception Park, the Proposed Everly Brothers Park, and the Future Site of the Everly Brothers Park. Welcome to the Everly Park!” said Dennis Owen of the Bearden Council. With those words […]

Anderson County Chamber Hosts Small Business Seminar

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business. The TSBDC advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners in our area at no cost to them.   […]

Ed & Bob’s Night Out

Ed and Bob are headed out to Burlington in East Knoxville to Shoney’s! Shoney’s has been a staple of East Tennessee since 1962 and it’s where you will find the next Ed & Bob’s Night Out in Knox County. Knox County At-Large Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas will be at Shoney’s at 4020 Rutledge […]

Knoxville Municipal, Whittle Springs Golf Courses Celebrate Major Enhancements

Mayor Madeline Rogero to Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Thursday, August 13 Knoxville Municipal Golf Course and Whittle Springs Golf Course – owned by the City of Knoxville and managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – will showcase more than $1 million in enhancements to the popular and storied public-access properties with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on […]

Welcome Week Kicks Off Semester for New Vols

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is rolling out the orange carpet to welcome new Vols to campus during its annual Welcome Week.   The week is designed to help first-year and transfer students get settled. Events kick off Saturday, Aug. 15, as students move in to residence halls beginning at 8 a.m. More than 7,000 […]

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