Over 70% Support Audit of School System

Over 70% Support Audit of School System

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 […]

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary: Some columns from this week’s Focus

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary: Some columns from this week’s Focus

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 […]

A-E’s Harper is on both sides of the cheers

A-E’s Harper is on both sides of the cheers

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 […]

The Medicine Shoppe moves to new location

The Medicine Shoppe moves to new location

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 […]

Voters Favor Elected Law Director

Voters Favor Elected Law Director

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 […]

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? […]