Knoxville: There's an app for that…

Knoxville now has an app, thanks in part to Councilman Nick Della Volpe and the fine folks at Visit Knoxville. Della Volpe was taken with the idea after visiting Bardstown, KY. The city has a population of less than 20,000, but still had its own app. Della Volpe quickly learned it was inexpensive to develop […]

Knox Co. Finance Dept. wins GFOA award for FY2013 budget

For the 17th consecutive year, the Knox County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2012-2013 budget. The GFOA award represents a significant achievement by Knox County and the finance department, and it reflects a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental accounting. “The […]

My Daily Cup of Joe- Big, Little City

I have a habit of striking up conversations while waiting in line. A couple of weeks ago, while waiting to pay for ‘my daily cup of joe’, I happened to notice the gentleman in front of me. He had a bit of a nervous tick, and seemed to be in a terrible hurry, but, yet, […]


The University of Tennessee announced today that Butch Jones has been hired as the 24th head football coach of the Vols. Jones owns a 50-27 record (.649) in six seasons as a head coach and joins UT from the University of Cincinnati, where he finished with a 23-14 record (.657) in three seasons with the Bearcats. […]

Local Parks Recognized

Knox County Parks and Recreation was recently awarded two Orchid Awards from Keep Knoxville Beautiful for the completion of Concord PetSafe Dog Park and the installation of new kiosks at Halls Community Park and Powell Station Park. These beautification awards are submitted by the public and awarded by a panel of independent judges. For more […]

Skateboarders vs PBA

Reflections from Focus reporter Dan Andrews… The classic, age-old battle between youth and authority is occurring once again in downtown Knoxville, albeit in a unique location. Quietly tucked away behind the tall BB&T building and the Andrew Johnson Building is a brightly lit, smoothly paved, and, at nights, empty parking garage. Perfect for daring and […]


Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is serving as Grand Marshal of the WIVK Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Knoxville Friday. The parade begins on the corner of Howard Baker Junior Boulevard and Hall of Fame Drive (at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum) at 7 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Floats, marching bands, dancers and […]