Knox County’s Highway Department ready for winter weather

With winter weather in the forecast, Knox County Engineering & Public Works began pretreating roadways with salt brine yesterday evening.   Salt brine is a liquid mixture of salt and water that is applied to roadways to stop snow from sticking to pavements. The brine system allows Knox County’s Highway Department to pre-treat 1,392 lane […]

Neighborhood Working Group Meets Thursday

  The Neighborhood Working Group on Blighted Properties meets at 5:15 p.m. this coming Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street.   Participants will continue their discussion regarding a joint, cross-neighborhood project to address a blighted property. Specific blighted properties may also be discussed, along with an overview of the City’s Chronic […]

Public meeting for Police Advisory & Review Committee (PARC)

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19   Where: Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman St.   Members of the Police Advisory & Review Committee will hold their quarterly meeting, which is open to the general public and citizens with concerns about crime and safety in the City of Knoxville. Representatives from the Knoxville Police Department […]

Knox County Public Library to host Finding Flannery: the Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor 

Knox County Public Library to host Finding Flannery: the Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor 

Public is invited to explore the work of an author who defined “Southern Gothic” Knox County Public Library is pleased to partner with Pellissippi State Community College to present “Finding Flannery”, a month-long exploration of the life and work of Flannery O’ Connor. The series kicks off at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 8 at Lawson McGhee […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 3, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for January 3, 2017

Fountain City Auction’s 12th Annual Advertising Auction **DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THE AUCTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOON on SATURDAY, JANUARY 14.** By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are a fan of tv shows “American Pickers” or “Storage Wars” or are into history,  you won’t want to miss Fountain City Auction’s 12th Annual Advertisement Auction. […]

Predators in Our Schools

Predators in Our Schools

By Steve Hunley Steve Reilly of USA Today had a story in the Gannett newspapers in Tennessee that every parent and grandparent ought to read.  Apparently Reilly researched his article for an entire year and discovered “that education officials put children in harm’s way by covering up evidence of abuse, keeping allegations secret and making […]

Ray Blanton, Part Two

Ray Blanton, Part Two

By Ray Hill Tennessee had lost a congressional district in the redistricting in 1971.  Congressmen Ray Blanton and William Anderson, both Democrats, would likely have run against one another if both sought reelection.  Anderson flirted with a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination while Blanton had his sights set on the Senate seat held by […]

The Lonas-Dowell House

The Lonas-Dowell House

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Throughout Knox County are many historic homes and structures. Many predate the Civil War and others were designed or built by iconic architects. Many of the structures have been preserved and renovated and that effort continues as local developers are working to restore various downtown buildings, schools, and homes for use. […]

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