Powell gives reins to offensive-minded Ellison

By Steve Williams For years, Rodney Ellison has been close to football one way or another. The 11 years between graduating from Campbell County High School in 1996 and Tusculum College in 2007 included raising a young family and football for Ellison, Powell High’s newest new head coach. Barely out of high school, where he […]

Thirty apply for MPC Director Eight

By Mike Steely The search for a new Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission took a step last week. December 31st was the deadline for applications and now the selection got to a search committee made up of people chosen by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.   Committee members […]

White House Picks UT to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

KNOXVILLE—President Obama will announce today that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI’s partners.   Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing […]

What if the President came to town and the Mayor Wasn't Invited?

Mayor Ralph McGill is awesome!  Nobody can ever say this Mayor is star struck! My email to him and his back to me! At Jan 9, 2015, 1:31:12 AM, Dan Andrews<‘andrewsd@knoxfocus.com‘> wrote: Just checking, did the Town of Farragut get invited to the POTUS event? Dan from: Ralph McGill to: “andrewsd@knoxfocus.com” <andrewsd@knoxfocus.com> date: Fri, Jan […]

KTA Commissioner Hubert Smith Seeks Chair Position

    KTA to elect officers By Mike Steely The Knoxville Transit Authority, made up of members appointed by the city mayor, will elect a new chair, vice-chair, and a recording secretary in their January meeting. In a brief regular meeting Thursday the authority voted to select a nominating committee to include members Karen Eberle, Mark Hairr […]

L & M Stem Academy NASA Project Launch Set For Friday!

*Please note that on Friday, the President of the United States will also be in town! Launch Update http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ During the terminal count engineers observed drift on one of the two thrust vector actuators on the second stage that would likely have caused an automatic abort. Engineers called a hold in order to take a […]

Legal and Public Notices for January 5, 2015

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Vivian J. Calloway Docket Number 75771-2 Notice is hereby given that on the 19th day of December, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate of Vivian J. Calloway who died Nov 14, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, […]

Focus on the Law: Premises Liability

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Premises liability refers to certain situations where the owner of property is legally responsible for injury or loss to a party while on the premises. This legal situation falls under the category of negligence actions. According to Chapter 18 of Tennessee Elements of Action (West Publishing 2010), to successfully […]

Knoxville Focus for January 5, 2015

Sign Task Force to meet again By Mike Steely After almost three years of revisions and debate in public meetings, Knoxville’s voluminous Sign Ordinance proposal seems to be no closer to being passed than it was in February 2012, when a task force was appointed to revise the various ordinances. The task force’s initial idea […]

Publisher’s Position: Council Should Expand Ban On Panhandling

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville City Council will consider expanding the current ban on panhandling. Currently the law prohibits panhandling that is considered overly aggressive. While that is somewhat vague, the law also restricts panhandling after dark, or near banks, bus stations, as well as restaurant patios. The expansion of the ban would extend to […]