Knox Countians Share The Blame

Knox Countians Share The Blame

By Focus Staff Knox County residents feel there is plenty of blame to share in the recent shutdown of the government. This week’s Knoxville Focus poll asked the question, “As a voter, who do you hold most responsible for the recent shutdown of the federal government?” Slightly more than 50% of respondents said President Obama […]

$22 Million TIF for Baptist Hospital Project

$22 Million TIF for Baptist Hospital Project

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com The partial opening of the Henley Street Bridge last week was a welcomed event for South Knoxville businesses and residents, and the plans the city is making for the former Baptist Hospital might bring even further progress. The Knoxville City Council’s decision to approve a $22 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) […]

Central High Honors Three Alumni

Central High Honors Three Alumni

The Central High School Foundation and the CHS Alumni Association are proud to honor three distinguished alumni as additions to the Central “Wall of Fame.”  This year’s honorees are: Charles “C.E.” Harris, Class of 1935 (d. 2005); Sylvia Blankenship Williams, Class of 1970; and  Stephen Land, Class of 1971. Charles Edgar Harris began his very […]

‘Banged up’ Irish nab Senior Night win over Scott

‘Banged up’ Irish nab Senior Night win over Scott

By Ken Lay A bruised and battered Catholic High School football team overcame injuries and turnovers to nab a 35-2 District 4-AA victory against Scott Friday night before a packed house at Blaine Stadium. It took the Irish just three plays to score a touchdown and set the tone. Catholic (7-1 overall, 3-0 in the […]

Hike to Celebrate Reopening of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is opening up tomorrow. Come and hike with us! Let’s show solidarity with our park employees and park partners, Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) and Friends of the Smokies (FOTS), and hike in the park now that it has reopened. Join GSMA and Friends of the Smokies for a beautiful fall color […]

Corker Says Attempts to Bust Budget Caps a “Major Distraction” and “Not Helpful to the Process”

          From the office of Senator Bob Corker: In an interview Monday about ongoing budget and debt discussions on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Senator Corker said Democrat efforts to increase spending levels beyond the budget caps put in place as a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act were a “major distraction” and […]

Knoxville Focus for October 14, 2013

Knoxville Focus for October 14, 2013

Click here to view this week’s Focus. A father takes a stand By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com Just over three years ago, Kirk Smalley was a construction worker living in Perkins, Oklahoma. His wife, Laura, worked in the cafeteria at a local school. Things weren’t perfect; they faced challenges common to any middle-class family living in […]