By Sarah Baker Saturday morning found me at Beardsley Farm with a weeding tool in my hands big enough to make me feel like I actually knew what I was doing. My friend, Jenny, told me about Beardsley Farm a few months ago after she had taken a class there that she really enjoyed. In […]
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By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll asked the question, “Would you support an in-depth financial audit of the Knox County School System by an accredited, outside, independent auditor?” 442 Knox County voters responded and quite nearly 75% of those polled answered in the affirmative. Only a quarter of those polled said they would […]
By Marianne Dedmon Editor When I moved to Knoxville to start work at The Focus as a graphic designer in June 2005, The Fountain City Focus had just transitioned from a tabloid sized paper to a broadsheet larger than what you are holding now. The headlines were about the new Food City opening on North […]
By Ray Hill Tennessee Democrats entered the 1910 gubernatorial campaign divided and in disarray. Many Democrats breathed a collective sigh of relief when the veteran old campaigner Robert Love Taylor agreed to seek the governorship. Taylor had been Governor of Tennessee no less than three times, once facing his own brother Alf, a Republican, […]
By Steve Williams Jalan Harper is not your typical high school athlete. That’s because she is a cheerleader, too. At Austin-East, she gets to enjoy both – playing and cheering. Harper did both so well this past school year, she was named the female Athlete of the Year at A-E. Harper, a junior, was a […]
By Sarah Baker The Medicine Shoppe is now located at the back of Fountain Square above and behind Verizon Wireless. Owner and pharmacist, Kenton Page, operated The Medicine Shoppe from its previous location in Fountain Village for over 35 years. The new location is comfortable and secure and has generous parking. The Medicine Shoppe specializes […]
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By Focus Staff The most recent Knoxville Focus poll asked the question, “In your opinion, should the Knox Law Director be elected by the people or appointed by the Knox County Commission?” The results show voters in every Commission district overwhelmingly favor electing the county Law Director. Interestingly, the district the most strongly in favor […]
By Focus Staff The long debate over Superintendent James McIntyre’s request for 35 million new dollars, requiring a 35-cent increase in the property tax, expired at the recent meeting of the Knox County Commission. McIntyre’s supposedly visionary budget died a relatively peaceful death as not a single member of the County Commission dared to move […]