December 6th actions of TDOT officials a cause for concern…

The Focus has abstained from taking an official position on the proposed James White Parkway Extension while many other civic groups, news organizations, and elected officials have spoken out against it. We began our coverage in the weeks prior to the public forum held on December 6th with the intention of presenting both sides of […]


“The Cuonzo Martin TV Show” tips off this Saturday, Jan. 12, with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the Tennessee basketball team, which is looking to build off an impressive 2012 SEC campaign. Viewers in Knoxville can tune to WVLT-TV CBS Ch. 8 (Saturday, 11:00 a.m. ET) and enjoy re-broadcasts of each show on MyVLT2 (Sunday, 9:00 […]


  MAYOR ROGERO NAMES PUBLIC FACILITIES DIRECTOR   Mayor Madeline Rogero today announced the hiring of Greg Mackay as Director of Public Assembly Facilities. Mackay, former Administrator of the Knox County Election Commission and a former real estate broker, will manage operations at Chilhowee Park and the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. He succeeds Bob Polk, […]

Update on state legislature committee appointments…

State Senator Becky Massey has been appointed to Chairwoman of the Calendar Committee and will also serve on the Transportation Committee and the Government Operations Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. State Representative Ryan Haynes has been appointed as chair of the State Government Committee, and will also serve on the Civil Justice Committee.

Dan Andrews interviews Tigerspike's Lead expert on Quantum Resistant Encryption Technology "Karacell"

As a political journalist, I am always on the lookout for new innovations involving encryption technology. So when I read Tigerspike Announces Karacell, Delivering Faster, Secure, Quantum Resistant ‘Made for Mobile’ Video Encryption, I was beyond excited about the strong implications this technology has. The Tigerspike press release is about a new patented technology called […]

New Year, New Semester, New Music at 90.3 FM WUTK

Piles of CDs come into the studio at the start of the new semester. The blizzard of new CDs mailed to 90.3 FM. With the start of the new year and a new semester at WUTK 90.3 FM comes the challenge of listening to hundreds of new album releases.  This past Sunday I happened to […]

Electronic-waste collection event to be held Saturday

This Saturday, January 12th, Knox County is partnering with the City of Knoxville, Optimist Club of West Knoxville and the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad for the “Plug-In to Your Community” electronic-waste recycling event. Saturday’s event will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chilhowee Park in the MidwayParking Lot on North Beaman Street. The […]