The Knoxville Focus for February 13, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for February 13, 2017

Joint Education Committee discusses education issues By Ken Lay Potential pay raises took center stage as the Knox County Board of Education Knox County Commission Joint Education Committee convened Wednesday at the Andrew Johnson Building. The committee, which met with Knox County Schools Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas, was comprised of four board members and four […]

Jimmy Duncan is Right

Jimmy Duncan is Right

By Steve Hunley Both the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Maryville Daily Times have given coverage to some folks castigating Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan for refusing to hold a special town hall meeting – – – just for them.  Naturally, after being told no, some of them are immediately intending to take to the […]

Cordell Hull & the Election of 1920

Cordell Hull & the Election of 1920

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull had been in Congress since 1907 when he had only narrowly won the Democratic nomination, which inside Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional district was tantamount to election. Hull, only thirty-seven years old at the time, had been nominated by less than twenty votes. There were rumblings about a recount, but Hull went […]

Historic Howard House for sale

Historic Howard House for sale

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “I think it will sell,” Kim Trent of Knox Heritage told The Focus. The historic Howard House, at 2921 Broadway Avenue, is one of the few remaining homes on the busy commercial street. Built in 1910 by Lynn Hayes the beautiful home sits on 2.4 acres and was recently the proposed […]

Parkridge Facebook page, H-1 Zoning disputed

Parkridge Facebook page, H-1 Zoning disputed

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The division continued last week between homeowners in the Parkridge neighborhood who want to extend an existing historic designation to the entire community and those who don’t want the label. The H-1 zoning proposal, which will be discussed in an “Open House” this Friday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 6, 2017

The Knoxville Focus for February 6, 2017

Local educator on short list for superintendent By Pete Gawda One local applicant is among the five finalists for Superintendent of Knox County Schools. At their meeting on Tuesday morning, January 31, the superintendent search committee whittled down the list of 24 applicants to five, all with impressive credentials. One of the applicants, Bob Thomas, […]

Change is on the Way, Part 2

Change is on the Way, Part 2

By Steve Hunley Evidently the mainstream media learned not a blessed thing following the election of Donald Trump.  The media is abuzz with varying headlines, barely bothering to hide their continuing bias, impugning every choice Trump makes for his Cabinet.  For instance, take the case of Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, slated to become the […]

Rogero announces grant to improve North Broadway traffic flow

Rogero announces grant to improve North Broadway traffic flow

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Anyone who travels North Broadway knows that the busy corridor is often a frustrating driving experience. Car, truck, bus and commercial vehicle traffic all seem to bottleneck in Fountain City. That’s exactly where the city decided to hold a press conference Wednesday to announce federal and state funds being allotted to […]

Cordell Hull & the 1922 Election

Cordell Hull & the 1922 Election

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull, for fourteen years the congressman from Tennessee’s Fourth District, had lost his reelection bid in the 1920 Republican landslide. Tennessee had lost three longtime incumbents during the 1920 elections: besides Cordell Hull, Thetus W. Sims of Tennessee’s Eighth District and John A. Moon of the Third District had been beaten. […]