This week on Tennessee Shines…

March 4: Tim Easton + The High Jump Heart + author Kim Trevathan Singer-songwriter Tim Easton has been making folk-rock long before he moved to Nashville. In the early ’90s, his Akron, Ohio-based band The Haynes Boys were throwing down as hard as Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown without the acclaim. As a solo artist, Easton has crafted a […]

Events around town…

Daffodil Show The East Tennessee Daffodil Society will have a Daffodil Show, on Saturday, March 16 from 1-4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Maryville, at 804 Montvale Station Road, Maryville. The show is open to the public and is FREE.   Daughters of the Confederacy meeting The Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter […]


The highest individual honor that can be attained at the University of Tennessee should be the retirement of a jersey of an outstanding performer, and a new process for retiring jerseys at UT has been finalized. Based on the new criteria and nominating process, three former student-athletes will join those who have previously honored with […]

Western Avenue Lane Closure March 1

KUB and its contractor will close one southbound lane on a short section of Western Avenue between Keith Avenue and Richmond Avenue from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1, as work is completed on the water distribution system. One southbound lane and both northbound lanes will remain open on this section of Western […]

Vine Middle School Community Meeting

Knox County School administrators held an emotionally charged meeting at Vine Middle School tonight. Many teachers and parents vented their frustration with the current climate at the school. One teacher stated “the hallways are running wild!” Another teacher admitted to being frustrated with factors such as attempting to contact a parent about a student and […]

State Representative Kane gets it done!

State Representative Roger Kane just posted the following message on his Facebook wall. “Home School Parents, we have passed a bill in the Senate to allow home schoolers to play interscholastics sports at any public high school at the same cost a public school.child will pay. This is ground breaking news and I am thrilled […]

Vine Magnet Middle likely to be reconstituted

The Focus has learned that Vine Middle School will likely be reconstituted by the Knox County School System.Vine Middle Magnet School will hold a Parent and Community Meeting on Thursday, February, 28 at 6 p.m. The school system has billed the meeting: “to continue the conversation regarding the future direction of the school.”  Reconstituting a school generally entails […]

Dr. Jim McIntyre to testify in Washington

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, has been asked to testify before the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee (Committee on Education and the Workforce) in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m.  Dr. McIntyre will be addressing the Subcommittee regarding the Tennessee […]


As the calendar turns toward spring, local tennis players will be flocking to the tennis courts. City of Knoxville tennis programming will begin Friday, March 1st. Singles and doubles leagues for all NTRP levels are being offered at Tyson and West Hills Tennis Centers.   The City will offer daytime and evening leagues to accommodate […]