The Knoxville Focus for May 20, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for May 20, 2019

Mayoral candidates field questions from Town Hall East By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If four of the candidates for Knoxville city mayor agree on anything they agree that the Recode effort needs to be postponed or stopped. Town Hall East asked the candidates their opinions on the ongoing rewrite of zoning regulations and other topics at […]

Mannis Comes Out Strong Against Recode

Mannis Comes Out Strong Against Recode

By Steve Hunley For the past two and a half years, the City of Knoxville has been nudging along one of the most comprehensive and sweeping plans surrounding property use.  Known as “Recode,” this nefarious plan has gone through more incarnations than the Devil himself.  Citizens have had a hard time keeping up with all […]

Council wrestles with half of the Recode changes

Council wrestles with half of the Recode changes

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville City Council went back and forth with suggested changes to the proposed Recode regulations for over six hours last Tuesday. Just about anything related to zoning, building heights, setback, and permissible uses of land is wrapped up in the proposed changes. By the end of the long session the […]

Sol Bloom of New York

Sol Bloom of New York

By Ray Hill The son of Polish immigrants, Sol Bloom was at various times a theatre impresario, real estate magnate, composer and long-time congressman.  Bloom was deeply interested in foreign affairs in the House of Representatives and finally achieved his ambition of becoming Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he was profoundly concerned […]

Spartans fall to Clarksville Academy in State VIII

Spartans fall to Clarksville Academy in State VIII

Webb pitcher Peter Shaefer delivers a pitch in a Division II-A State VIII Playoff Game. Shaefer had 14 strikeouts but the Spartans dropped  a 1-0 nine-inning decision to Clarksville Academy. The Cougars went on to sweep a double header and punch their ticket to Murfreesboro while eliminating the Spartans. Photo by Ken Lay. By Ken […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 13, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for May 13, 2019

Whittle Springs golf course ranked No. 4 Most Improved By Steve Williams The old golf course needed some tender loving care. And as it turned out, whom better to see and understand that than Knoxville’s lady mayor. But in 2015 someone had to let Madeline Rogero know about the needs of Whittle Springs, where golfers […]

Nashville Blues

Nashville Blues

By Steve Hunley Nashville/Davidson County has its problems.  I suppose all local governments have their problems, but Nashville seems to have more than most.  Pretty much everybody knows about the scandal involving former mayor Meghan Barry and her subsequent resignation.  Now Mayor David Briley is up for reelection this year and the metro government is […]

Family Pet Portrait Day was picture perfect

Family Pet Portrait Day was picture perfect

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Seeing people taking their pets to get a photo with the Easter Bunny or Santa gave Cameron Brooks an idea. The Knox County Election Commission member, realtor and former Democratic Party chairman decided to try out the idea. Brooks  looked for help in creating “Family Pet Portrait Day” and found Gary […]

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming off his greatest reelection campaign, had announced he was submitting legislation to Congress to expand the United State Supreme Court.  Roosevelt’s proposal was widely and bitterly attacked in much of the press and despite huge Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, many Democrats were openly opposed […]

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