South Knoxville Tax Break Plan Faces Hurdles

Multiple sources indicate that local official’s plan to seek tax relief for South Knoxville businesses from Nashville faces many hurdles in our state’s capitol. State lawmakers fear that allowing a tax break might set a precedent that could cost the state untold millions for years to come. The concern is that any time a state project […]

Knoxville Focus for Monday, March 11

Knoxville Focus for Monday, March 11

Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Gibbs uses improbable comeback to make State By Ken Lay Gibbs High School’s boys basketball team found itself in a familiar place early last week. The Eagles were down big in the fourth-quarter of a Section 1-AA final. But like they’ve done so many times before, the […]

Knox Countians Favor Term Limits for School Board

Knox Countians Favor Term Limits for School Board

Click here to view the full results.   By Focus Staff By a large majority, Knox County voters favor term limits for the members of the Knox County Board of Education. This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question: “Most elected offices in Knox County are limited to two consecutive terms.  Do you support term […]

City, County work together to aide South Knox businesses

City, County work together to aide South Knox businesses

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com South Knoxville businesses were sent reeling after an announcement earlier this year that the reopening Henley Street Bridge would be delayed until February 2014, a full six months past its original estimated completion date. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett responded promptly and quickly wrote to state lawmakers in Nashville requesting tax […]

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

By Ray Hill The South produced a number of successful demagogues, not the least of which was James K. Vardaman, a governor and senator from Mississippi.  At the height of his career, Vardaman was unquestionably the most popular politician in Mississippi. James Kimble Vardaman was born July 26, 1861, just as the Civil War commenced.  […]

Impressive win over Grainger puts unranked CAK girls in state

Impressive win over Grainger puts unranked CAK girls in state

By Steve Williams The theme song of the movie Hoosiers was piped into the gym as homestanding Christian Academy of Knoxville warmed up on one end of the court and top-ranked Grainger High on the other. But instead of looking like an underdog, CAK’s unranked girls basketball team looked like the best-kept secret in town, […]

Ground broken on University Commons

Ground broken on University Commons

Last Wednesday, during an event organized by local developers, CHM, LLC, and attended by Knoxville business leaders and government officials, ground was broken in preparation for the building of University Commons, Knoxville’s first urban, vertical retail complex. University Commons, a distinctive multi-story urban shopping and dining development located on the former Fulton Bellows site, will […]

Sen. Corker Remarks on dinner meeting with President Obama

After a dinner meeting with President Obama and 11 Republican senators to discuss our nation’s fiscal issues on Wednesday, Senator Corker said the dinner was “very sincere and constructive” but that “obviously, the proof is in the pudding.” “It was very sincere and, I think, a constructive dinner… There’s an air of cooperation that was […]

VOL REPORT: Jones' Field Debut With Vols

Under glistening sun and the watchful eyes of more than 35 Vols For Life, Butch Jones took the field as the head coach of Tennessee for the first time on Saturday. The Vols started their spring practice schedule for the first of 15 sessions on Haslam Field.   “I think it was a typical first […]

KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS IN KNOXVILLE RECEIVES TAP AWARD OF DISTINCTION

Leaders of Knox County Schools, Tennessee, were surprised with the TAP Award of Distinction, which honors an organization for its dedication and commitment to TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.  The Award comes with a financial prize of $10,000.  It was presented before more than 1,200 educators and policy leaders during a special […]