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 […]

Central girls excited about state soccer debut

Central goalkeeper Ashton Blair makes a free kick in the Lady Bobcats' State Sectional win over Seymour Oct. 26 at CHS.

Central girls excited about state soccer debut

By Steve Williams   The Knoxville Central girls’ soccer team this week will be going to where the Lady Bobcats have never been – the TSSAA state tournament! “It’s very exciting for us,” said Head Coach Bill Mize. Central earned its first Class AA state berth by defeating Seymour 4-3 on penalty kicks Saturday, Oct. […]

CAK holds off Webb’s fourth-quarter rally, prevails 24-14

CAK holds off Webb’s fourth-quarter rally, prevails 24-14

  By Bill Howard For three quarters Friday night, Christian Academy of Knoxville outplayed visiting Webb School of Knoxville, and it appeared the Warriors would cruise to a comfortable win. On the first play of the fourth quarter, kicker Zander Tonkin’s 43-yard field goal gave CAK a seemingly safe 17-0 lead. Barely six minutes later, […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 28, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for October 28, 2019

Fulmer addresses annual 365 Days of Hope event UT Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer spoke Thursday to the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee annual luncheon “365 Days of Hope” at The Press Room on Broadway and talked about the university’s sports program and his support for the Children’s Emergency Shelter. A large crowd of business and […]

Innovatin’ Indya

Innovatin’ Indya

By Steve Hunley Lord have mercy! Mayoral candidate Indya Kincannon has just let go of a press release announcing, if elected, she will create an Office of Innovation. Don’t you reckon it’s finally time somebody thought of that? I suppose it would not be nice to point out then-superintendent of schools Jim McIntyre did the […]

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, V

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, V

By Ray Hill It was hardly surprising Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. had been elected to Congress from Tennessee’s “Hermitage District”, site of General Andrew Jackson’s plantation home.  The district had been represented for twenty-eight years by Joseph W. Byrns, father of the current congressman in 1939.  The elder Byrns had come up through the ranks […]