County Budget Battle Ends; Mayor Burchett Victorious

County Budget Battle Ends; Mayor Burchett Victorious

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 […]

Five Questions with Overtone

Five Questions with Overtone

1. Your band Overtone has been on “Ellen,” toured with Corrine Bailey Rae, opened twice for One Republic, is currently playing on Satellite radio and now is on a major hit reality TV show involving Dina Eastwood. Coming so far as a band professionally, do you believe the band has “made it” in the industry? […]

A super year for CAK athletics

A super year for CAK athletics

By Steve Williams If an award were given to the Knox County high school which had the most success in TSSAA Division I competition in 2011-12, it would be hard to argue against Christian Academy of Knoxville receiving the honor. Beginning with a state championship in girls soccer at Chattanooga in early November and ending […]

Poll Shows Political Repercussions

Poll Shows Political Repercussions

More Than 75% Say They Would Not Vote for Hammond By Focus Staff For those who don’t think there would be political repercussions from the proposed tax increases sought by school Superintendent James McIntyre, the results of this week’s Focus poll indicates otherwise. More than 500 Knox County voters were asked the question, “Knox County […]

President Obama honors Summitt

President Obama honors Summitt

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama honored Patricia “Pat” Summitt, former head coach and current head coach emeritus of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national […]

Gibbs’ state softball championship is very satisfying

Gibbs’ state softball championship is very satisfying

By Steve Williams The satisfaction of working for something special and accomplishing it – a state championship – isn’t going away anytime soon, if ever, for members of Gibbs High School’s 2012 softball team. “We’re still on cloud nine,” said head coach Carol Mitchell Wednesday. “It feels great.” When the Lady Eagles turned in their […]

Susan G. Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure registration open

Susan G. Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure registration open

Registration for the Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure began June 1. The 16th annual event will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. Last year, more than 13,000 area residents participated (pictured left) as runners, walkers and volunteers. The event raised more than $845,000, which supported research, […]