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 […]

Bredwood’s double duty leads Vine boys to championship

Bredwood’s double duty leads Vine boys to championship

By Steve Williams Vine, equipped with an effective box-and-one defense and a resilient attitude, defeated top-seeded Powell 37-28 to capture the boys championship in the annual Knox County Middle School basketball tournament Thursday night. The Golden Bears, who won only three games last season, erased a six-point deficit with an 11-point run to end the […]

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 […]

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