State of the schools address way under capacity!

On Tuesday, I attended “The State of the Schools Address.” While at the event I noticed tweets from both the  media and a school board member writing about how well attended the event was.  In my opinion, it was not well attended at all! Sort of. Let me explain. First off,  Mayor Tim Burchett, asked […]

Mayor Tim Burchett confirms he will request tax relief from Nashville for South Knoxville Businesses

South Knoxville businesses are reeling after this week’s announcement that the Henley Street bridge will remain closed through February of 2014. The Focus caught up with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett today, who informed us that he intends to request tax relief from Nashville for those businesses affected by the closure. T. Mahurin reporting.

All-County Middle School Rewards

Congratulations to the following students and programs for their hard work this season. Boys Academic Award: Karns Girls Academic Award: Carter Middle School and Powell Middle School (tie) Cheerleaders Academic Award: Halls Middle School

Board of Education Member Indya Kincannon's Newsletter

Knox County Board of Education member Indya Kincannon posted her online newsletter  .  In her newsletter she outlines her budget priorities,  addresses Vine Middle School, and writes about school safety. The newsletter is an informative read.

Deakins requests fresh audit of school security systems…

Thomas Deakins requested a  fresh audit on school security systems at today’s BOE meeting. “As a parent of 4 children in our system, I want to make sure our systems are working,” Deakins stated. According to Simplex-Grinnell, a comprehensive audit of all Knox County Schools, was conducted over the summer, and took three months to complete.  

Henley Street Bridge reopening delayed until 2014

Due to the fact that 3 piers must be rebuilt, the bridge, which was originally scheduled to re-open later his summer, will remain closed until February 2014. Rebuilding the piers will add an estimated $6 million dollars to the $24.7 million dollar price tag.

McMillan Expresses Safety Concerns

Mike McMillan, East Knox County’s member of the Knox County Board of Education, responded to a story appearing in yesterday’s edition of The Knoxville News Sentinel.  The Sentinel has published a series of stories detailing failures in a security contract and possible ties between schools Security Chief Steve Griffin and a security company doing business with the school system.   McMillan explained he […]