The Knoxville Focus for January 21, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for January 21, 2019

Commissioners may decide who pays Pension Suit lawyers By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission meets in work session Tuesday to possibly decide which county department pays the $165,000 lawyer fees in the settlement of the suit against the Knox County Retirement and Pension Board. The commission meets on Tuesday because all City-County offices […]

Mobility, safety discussed at Hardin Valley forum

Mobility, safety discussed at Hardin Valley forum

  By Nick Skoda An open house-style public forum was held on Tuesday, January 15 at Hardin Valley Academy regarding proposed changes to Hardin Valley mobility, for both motorists and non-motorists. The meeting was held to gauge public opinion on matters that are important to the occupants of Hardin Valley and the abutting areas. The […]

Knoxville College Reopens Chapel

Knoxville College Reopens Chapel

Photo by Vivian Shipe Cutting the ribbon to rededicate the McMillan Chapel at Knoxville College recently were Judith Tolbert, trustee from Fairbanks, Alaska; Dr. Keith Lindsey, interim president of Knoxville College; Dr. Dasha Lundy, trustee; and Dr. Johnny Ford,trustee from Tuskegee, Alabama. The historic black college, founded in 1875 and built by former slaves and […]

Big second half nets title for West Valley girls

Big second half nets title for West Valley girls

  By Ken Lay A perfect record stayed intact for the West Valley Middle School girls basketball team. The Lady Wolves also won the James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament Thursday night. But it was perhaps the toughest test of the season. “It was what I like to call a slop game,” West Valley […]

The Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for January 14, 2019

City discusses complicated Tennova purchase   By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The city’s plans to purchase the Tennova Physicians Regional Medical Center are more complicated than first announced with many variables playing into the proposal. Deputy Mayor Bill Lyons and Chief Operating Officer David Brace explained the twists and turns of the deal to relocate the […]

We Need to Pay More Attention to Public Pensions

We Need to Pay More Attention to Public Pensions

By Steve Hunley Did you know that currently there is SIX TRILLION dollars in unfunded pension debt in the United States of America? That encompasses the debt owed by states and local governments for unfunded public pension liabilities. In fact, according the American Legislative Exchange Council, that debt exceeds $6 trillion. The New York Times […]

Neighborhood Advisory Council sets topics for the year

Neighborhood Advisory Council sets topics for the year

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council met Wednesday at the Cansler Family YMCA in its first meeting of the year and brainstormed various topics it would like to hear about in coming meetings. Neighborhood Coordinator Debbie Sharp asked for ideas and those suggestions were tallied by her assistants. Suggestions selected from […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XVI

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XVI

By Ray Hill When Senator Estes Kefauver’s aorta ruptured on the evening of August 13, 1963, it set off a scramble to succeed him.  Governor Frank Clement appointed millionaire businessman Herbert “Hub” Walters of Morristown to fill the remainder of Kefauver’s term until a special 1964 election could be held.  Although conservative by the standard […]

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