Knoxville Focus for December 22, 2014

    A Beautiful Day for a Parade Hundreds of excited residents lined Chapman Highway on a beautiful Saturday, December 13th as The 21st Annual Seymour Community Christmas Parade, a charity event to benefit needy families in Seymour, made its way along its customary path.  With a Seymour Volunteer Fire Department truck as lead, it […]

Fire Department receives HAZMAT honors

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Knoxville’s fire department became the first in the state to receive Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Hazardous Materials certification and the honors were presented a special meeting of the city council Thursday evening. “This is a big deal,” said David Purky, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as he recognized […]

77% Not Prepared For College or Career

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com For 2014, the Tennessee State Report Card indicates that the high school graduation rate in Knox County was 88.7%.  But 11.3% of students who entered ninth grade did not graduate with a regular diploma, and will not be ready to be trained for anything other than a manual minimum wage job. […]

Officers Help Community with Christmas

By David Klein Area officers came together Thursday night for a good cause. Thursday evening at the Walmart by Knoxville Center, several Knoxville Police Department officers, Knox County Sheriff’s Officers, and other police came together in an event organized by the Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Watch #2, to give back to the community and […]

Unbeaten Bulldogs earn holiday break with win over Austin-East

By Ken Lay Bearden High School boys basketball coach Mark Blevins knows how to motivate his team by appealing to his players’ desires. “If it were up to me, I would practice every day until Tuesday,” Blevins said after his Bulldogs kept their perfect record intact with a 92-63 win over Austin-East at home Thursday […]

Legal and Public Notices for December 15, 2014

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Freda G. White Docket Number 75679-3 Notice is hereby given that on the 26th day of November, 2014, letters testamentary in respect of the Estate of Freda G. Whitewho died Sept 3, 2014, were issued the undersigned by the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. […]

Busy week for government bids in Knoxville

This week we have two high profile bid deadlines. Market Square public restrooms. http://www.cityofknoxville.org/purchasing/bids/1215_marketsquare.pdf Alert, please see updates for this bid. http://www.cityofknoxville.org/purchasing/ Parking meters. http://www.cityofknoxville.org/purchasing/bids/1204_meters.pdf

Knoxville Focus for December 15, 2014

Police Review Meeting Draws A Crowd By Focus Staff The Police Advisory and Review Committee, the city mayor and the city police department were praised and criticized last Monday evening in a public forum held at Vine Middle School. PARC meetings normally draw a very small crowd of citizens, but last week’s saw a couple […]

Voting Rights Act of 1964 remembered

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com An event Thursday evening at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center topped off 2014’s Knoxville’s Civil Rights series that began last February. 2014 marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1964 Voting Rights Act. 1964 was also the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Noble Prize for […]

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