The Knoxville Focus for November 11, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for November 11, 2019

Caswell Park land decision postponed By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The one issue that drew a large crowd to the City Council meeting Tuesday was tossed over to the new city council. Councilwoman Gwen McKenzie, who represents East Knoxville, moved to delay any vote on giving a small strip of land at Caswell Park […]

If you break, it you buy it

If you break, it you buy it

By Steve Hunley Knoxville had a city election last week for mayor and city council seats. There will be a new mayor and four new city council members. Out of 187,000 residents and 92,000 registered voters only 25,360 people in Knoxville cast votes for mayor. That means 13.6% of the total residents and 27.6% of […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, VII

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, VII

By Ray Hill Congressman Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. had first been elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1938, toppling incumbent Richard M. Atkinson in a hard fought campaign inside the Democratic Primary. Tennessee’s “Hermitage District,” so named because the Fifth Congressional district contained the home of General Andrew Jackson, founder of the […]

Knoxville Revolutionary War patriot honored

Knoxville Revolutionary War patriot honored

  By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com A large crowd gathered recently at a cemetery atop a hill just off North Gallaher View and Broome Roads to honor an early settler, Moses Cavett, with a grave marking ceremony. The event also saw the honoring of retired archeologist and historian Dr. Charles Faulkner. Among the many […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 4, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for November 4, 2019

Did the Pension Board violate Sunshine Law? By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The steps for going into an executive session, as outlined by Roberts Rules of Order, were not followed during the September Knox County Retirement and Pension Board meeting and may have violated state and local Sunshine Laws as well. Normally an executive […]

Citizens group helps make Concord Road safer

Citizens group helps make Concord Road safer

  By Focus Staff The $10.19 million dollar Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) road project on Concord Road in Farragut has been a traffic nightmare for drivers going from Kingston Pike to Northshore Road for all of 2019. The most difficult place is at Turkey Creek Road where the right turn lane for drivers going […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, VI

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, VI

By Ray Hill All things considered, thirty-six year-old Congressman Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. seemed to be a sure bet for reelection in 1940.  Representing Tennessee’s famed “Hermitage District,” so named because it contained the home of General Andrew Jackson.  As befitting the Hero of the Battle of New Orleans and the founder of the Democratic […]

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