The Knoxville Focus for February 27, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for February 27, 2017

Residents oppose proposed location of Safety Center By Ken Lay City and county leaders and the Helen Ross McNabb Center held a community meeting to discuss the proposed location of a Behavior Health Urgent Care Center and some of the neighborhood residents are unhappy with the proposed location. They voiced their concerns at a meeting […]

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

By Steve Hunley Last week’s editorial “Are they Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of Indexed Annual Tax Increases” brought a letter from Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas that starts off as follows: “One of your recent editorials had some ‘alternative facts’ I wanted to bring to your attention. As a wise man once observed, we […]

Parkridge may add tenants committee

Parkridge may add tenants committee

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com On the Parkridge Community Organization’s Facebook page, the group’s president, Jennifer Montgomery, is suggesting that a Tenant Committee be added to the neighborhood group. Montgomery, who is presiding over different opinions about the proposed Historic Zoning (H-1) for the entire neighborhood, said she’d host the first meeting of tenants and let […]

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

Senator McKellar: Politics and Death

By Ray Hill When author Mark Twain was informed a newspaper had printed his obituary, he tartly replied, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar was seventy-seven years old in 1946 when he sought reelection for a sixth term.  McKellar had been ailing, although he seemed busier than ever, […]

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

Hines, former Lady Falcon, leads G-P to District 3-AA title

By Steve Williams As an uncontested Qua Hines dribbled the closing seconds off the clock in Gatlinburg-Pittman’s 39-29 District 3-AA title win, she got a hug from Fulton’s Lay Lay Manning. It appeared the two know each other and they probably do. Hines played basketball at Northwest Middle School in Knoxville as an eighth grader […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 20, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for February 20, 2017

BoE members get a preview of the new budget By Pete Gawda At their work session last Wednesday Knox County Board of Education members got a preview of the new budget and heard the disparities in educational outcomes committee. Gary Spencer, interim finance director, predicted that the first draft of the preliminary budget would be […]

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of  “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

By Steve Hunley Look out people, it’s not only Governor Haslam looking to increase your taxes by raising the gas tax. School folks met with members of the County Commission last week and are poking at property taxes; in fact, there was mention of asking the state legislature to “index” the property tax. That idea […]

Holocaust survivor to speak Tuesday

Holocaust survivor to speak Tuesday

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Recently Knoxville Mayor Madeline Roger announced that Tuesday, February 21 will be Holocaust Education Day in the city. She is asking that everyone recognize that day as significant and to stand united against hatred and prejudice. Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss, one of the remaining Holocaust survivors, will be in Knoxville […]

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