On the beat in Nashville

    Driving down Commerce Street in Nashville earlier this week, I screamed, “turn up the radio”, to my friend as two artists who I profiled in The Focus over a year ago “Megan and Liz” filtered through the radio. Later that day, I sat in a friendly stranger’s living room and watched an artist […]

Knoxville: There's an app for that…

Knoxville now has an app, thanks in part to Councilman Nick Della Volpe and the fine folks at Visit Knoxville. Della Volpe was taken with the idea after visiting Bardstown, KY. The city has a population of less than 20,000, but still had its own app. Della Volpe quickly learned it was inexpensive to develop […]

Knox Co. Finance Dept. wins GFOA award for FY2013 budget

For the 17th consecutive year, the Knox County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2012-2013 budget. The GFOA award represents a significant achievement by Knox County and the finance department, and it reflects a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental accounting. “The […]

My Daily Cup of Joe- Big, Little City

I have a habit of striking up conversations while waiting in line. A couple of weeks ago, while waiting to pay for ‘my daily cup of joe’, I happened to notice the gentleman in front of me. He had a bit of a nervous tick, and seemed to be in a terrible hurry, but, yet, […]

Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2012

Knoxville Focus for December 10, 2012

  Click here to view this week’s Focus online. Judge Tim Irwin Wants Your Stuffed Animals By Focus Staff When first seeing Tim Irwin, Judge of Knox County’s Juvenile Court, one likely doesn’t think about stuffed animals.  6’7 feet tall and weighing in at almost 300 pounds, Irwin looks more like the professional football player […]

Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

Knox Countians Still Favor Elected Superintendent

By Focus Staff In this week’s Knoxville Focus poll, likely voters were asked the question, “In your opinion, should the Superintendent of Schools in Knox County be elected by the people of appointed by the School Board?” Overall, almost 70% favor an elected Superintendent. The results differed in some districts, but even inside the City […]

The Vols (Finally) Have Their Man

By Alex Norman You can’t spell “Butch” without U-T… After 19 days and reportedly three failed attempts, the University of Tennessee announced that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones would become the 24th head coach in Vols history.  He agreed to a six year deal, worth $18.2 million (plus incentives). “It is truly an honor and a privilege […]

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

Senator Ellison DuRant Smith of South Carolina

By Ray Hill Ellison DuRant Smith was one of the more colorful figures in South Carolina’s oftentimes turbulent political history.  It was frequent said, “His name is Ellison DuRant Smith and he sure do rant.”  More commonly, he was known simply as “Cotton Ed.” E. D. Smith was born while the War Between the States […]

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

The Great Divide: JWPE opinions aired at public hearing

By Tasha Mahurin mahurint@knoxfocus.com Tensions were high last week when an estimated 600 of South Knox residents, concerned citizens, and elected officials made their way into the auditorium at South Doyle Middle School for TDOT’s public hearing on the James White Parkway Extension Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). TDOT revealed plans for a freeway design […]