The highest individual honor that can be attained at the University of Tennessee should be the retirement of a jersey of an outstanding performer, and a new process for retiring jerseys at UT has been finalized. Based on the new criteria and nominating process, three former student-athletes will join those who have previously honored with […]

Western Avenue Lane Closure March 1

KUB and its contractor will close one southbound lane on a short section of Western Avenue between Keith Avenue and Richmond Avenue from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1, as work is completed on the water distribution system. One southbound lane and both northbound lanes will remain open on this section of Western […]

Vine Middle School Community Meeting

Knox County School administrators held an emotionally charged meeting at Vine Middle School tonight. Many teachers and parents vented their frustration with the current climate at the school. One teacher stated “the hallways are running wild!” Another teacher admitted to being frustrated with factors such as attempting to contact a parent about a student and […]

State Representative Kane gets it done!

State Representative Roger Kane just posted the following message on his Facebook wall. “Home School Parents, we have passed a bill in the Senate to allow home schoolers to play interscholastics sports at any public high school at the same cost a public school.child will pay. This is ground breaking news and I am thrilled […]

Vine Magnet Middle likely to be reconstituted

The Focus has learned that Vine Middle School will likely be reconstituted by the Knox County School System.Vine Middle Magnet School will hold a Parent and Community Meeting on Thursday, February, 28 at 6 p.m. The school system has billed the meeting: “to continue the conversation regarding the future direction of the school.”  Reconstituting a school generally entails […]

Dr. Jim McIntyre to testify in Washington

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, has been asked to testify before the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee (Committee on Education and the Workforce) in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m.  Dr. McIntyre will be addressing the Subcommittee regarding the Tennessee […]


As the calendar turns toward spring, local tennis players will be flocking to the tennis courts. City of Knoxville tennis programming will begin Friday, March 1st. Singles and doubles leagues for all NTRP levels are being offered at Tyson and West Hills Tennis Centers.   The City will offer daytime and evening leagues to accommodate […]

KCS Moves Security Meeting to March 1

School Board Chair Karen Carson has convened a meeting of leaders from various local government entities to discuss issues and potential solutions regarding electronic school security systems in the Knox County Schools.   In order to allow for appropriate public notice, the meeting will be held on Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the […]

Vols' Joshua Dobbs Wins Prestigious Watkins Award

Incoming Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs was honored with the prestigious Watkins Award this past Saturday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The future Vol was recognized with the accolade that promotes academic excellence among African-American males. Dobbs was selected the winner from four finalists, who were star football players and equally talented […]

Mayor Burchett calls on School Board to ‘sunshine’ security meeting

The Knox County Schools have planned a meeting to discuss the security concerns recently brought to light by local news media.  Today, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett released the following statement: “I am calling on Knox County Board of Education Chair Karen Carson to sunshine the planned security meeting in order to allow all parties […]