The Knoxville Focus for March 2, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for March 2, 2020

Pension Board attorneys prepare for Sessions Court date By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Retirement and Pension Board met Monday in Room 640 in the City-County Building for its regular session and approved several retirements including one sheriff’s department employee on the Uniformed Officers Pension Plan. That controversial plan, which allows department […]

Speeding up Commission Meetings

Speeding up Commission Meetings

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com It is true, some meetings of the Knox County Commission seem to go on forever. The sessions, which start at 5 p.m. have been known to stretch out five and six hours. In order to speed things up, the Commission’s Rules Committee, chaired by Larsen Jay, is proposing some […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IV

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IV

By Ray Hill William Gannaway Brownlow, better known to Tennesseans as “Parson” Brownlow, was another Volunteer State governor who made it to the United States Senate. Brownlow was as colorful a character, perhaps even more so, than his predecessor, Andrew Johnson. By trade, Brownlow was a journalist, minister of the cloth, and politician. Orphaned at […]

Bearden falls in District title game

Bearden falls in District title game

  By Mark Nagi Last season the Bearden Bulldogs achieved their dreams, winning the Class AAA championship in boys’ basketball for the first time in program history. They’ve got some work to do if they are going to get back to Murfreesboro. On Tuesday, February 25th, the Bulldogs fell to Maryville in the District 4-AAA […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 24, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for February 24, 2020

Tommy Smith selected for District 1 council seat By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com It took almost six hours but Knoxville City Council selected a new council member for South Knoxville in a special meeting last Thursday. Tommy Smith, the vice president of marketing strategy at Ackermann PR, was chosen from seven applicants to replace […]

Will Knox County form its own planning commission?

Photo by Mike Steely. Khrysta Baig displays a proclamation drawn up in her honor. She is Director of Benefits for the county and was recognized for her life-saving effort on behalf of Michael Mayes, who stands next to her. Mayes suffered cancer and needed a liver transplant. Her effort on his behalf is believed to have saved his life. Commissioner Brad Anders, far left, and Mayor Glenn Jacobs, far right, make the presentation Tuesday afternoon.

Will Knox County form its own planning commission?

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com It is an idea that has floated around for several years. Some Knox County officials and developers are upset by Knoxville-Knoxville Planning and want out. The recent action of Farragut to reject Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ Growth Plan means that the mayor may have to reconvene the joint members—Knox County, […]

Emerald Youth Foundation celebrates opening of East Knox Career Center

Emerald Youth Foundation celebrates opening of East Knox Career Center

By Ken Lay The weather may have been cold, damp and snowy late Thursday afternoon but that didn’t stop the Emerald Youth Foundation from celebrating the opening of another facility. The foundation invited high school students, parents and other community members from throughout Knoxville to celebrate the opening of a second career and calling center, […]