Knoxville Focus for October 13, 2014

Cash Mob a hit at Alvin Frye’s Exxon Station By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were so many people coming by Alvin Frye’s Exxon Station Saturday that you’d think it was a going away party, but Alvin isn’t going anywhere. The 91 year old said that he and the new landowners have reached an agreement that […]

Publisher’s Position: Jamie Rowe Best Choice for School Board

By Steve Hunley The upcoming election for the 2nd district board of education seat is one of the most important races on the November ballot. The outcome of that particular race will define the future direction of education in Knox County. Jamie Rowe, Tracie Sanger, and Charlotte Dorsey are competing for this office. Jamie Rowe […]

Catholic corrals Mavericks 50-14 to remain unbeaten

By Steve Williams Talk about taking a bull by the horns. In a battle of unbeaten state powers, Catholic High corralled the Anderson County Mavericks Friday night at Blaine Stadium and notched an impressive 50-14 victory. The Fighting Irish, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A, are now 7-0. For the Mavs, No. […]

Cactus Jack: John Nance Garner of Texas

By Ray Hill   John Nance Garner of Texas was one of the most colorful politicians of the twentieth century.  It was Garner who made one of the most oft-repeated comments about the vice presidency.  Garner described the office as not being “worth a bucket of warm spit”, yet the actual quote, according to Garner’s […]

Our Neighborhoods: Lost Knoxville

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com What’s missing from this picture? What was there before that parking lot? Wasn’t there a building there before? So many of our landmarks have disappeared over the years. There’s a Joni Mitchell song that says “pave paradise, put up a parking lot” and that is what has happened to many of […]

October is Knox County Dyslexia Awareness Month

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com On October 2, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Commissioner Jeff Ownby and affected families joined together to recognize National Dyslexia Month in Knox County. Mayor Burchett presented the families with a mayoral proclamation and Commissioner Ownby presented them with an honorary Commission resolution. Also present were Commissioner Ed Brantley, and School […]

Celebrity Environmentalist coming to Knoxville

  Exclusive,  celebrity environmentalist and  “CNN 2013 Top 10  Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke,” will be touring Knoxville in 2015. Source http://livinglandsandwaters.org/get-involved/tennessee-river-tour/ . For exact information on what the mission of  this tour will involve  click this link to see the press kit.  http://livinglandsandwaters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/TN-River-Tour-Overviewv.2.pdf   According to the website’s main sponsorship page, both TDOT and TVA are […]

Second Creek Update…

In continuing the ongoing research into Second Creek,  a closer look has been taken at the  board that is suppose to to be working on greenway issues. According to the city’s greenway commission website   http://www.cityofknoxville.org/boards/greenways.asp two members are from the University of Tennessee. However, as revealed in a previous article written by the Focus, the city […]

Second Creek…a state of change.

What began as a conversation about how journalists live off press releases and have short attention spans, has become an epic project in how good journalism and good government interaction can make a difference. For the past week this reporter has embarked on a journey in an attempt to clean the polluted “Second Creek” waterway […]

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