Is the sale of the AJ Building good for taxpayers?

Is the sale of the AJ Building good for taxpayers?

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com WVLT Channel 8 television in Knoxville reported on October 4th 2017, “Getting the Andrew Johnson Building back on the tax rolls has been a priority for me since I took office as Knox County Mayor,” said former Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. If Tim “dadgumit” Burchett has a white whale […]

Will Your Neighborhood Be Next?

Will Your Neighborhood Be Next?

By Steve Hunley Folks in the Parkridge community are upset their community isn’t being treated fairly. What Parkridge residents are angry about is the use of land right next to Caswell Park as the site for a three-story apartment complex for the homeless. The City of Knoxville intends to give the property to the Volunteer […]

How Knoxville makes affordable housing worse

By Steve Hunley Last week in the Publisher’s Position The Knoxville Focus examined whether Knoxville is making the mistakes that Nashville has already made. We received a great deal of positive feedback at The Focus from as close as Farragut and as far away as Nashville. On the WETR radio show the “Knoxville Morning News” […]

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

By Steve Hunley Across America the Universities that teach urban design and planning have a mantra that preaches high density, walkability, bike lanes, and mass transit. Single family homes and automobiles have been designated as the enemy. There are many buzzwords to disguise the prejudice against single family homes and cars; Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Energy […]

City Council Races Matter

City Council Races Matter

By Steve Hunley It will likely be easy for some Knoxville residents to overlook or pay little attention to the various races for City Council on the November ballot, especially with a hotly contested mayor’s race in the offing. Charles Thomas and Charles Al-Bawi will be squaring off city-wide after a primary vote solely inside […]

Election Presents Clear Choice

Election Presents Clear Choice

By Steve Hunley   The results of the City of Knoxville election presents a clear choice for voters. The two top vote-getters in the mayoral primary election were businessman Eddie Mannis and former Board of Education member Indya Kincannon. Mannis, a first-time candidate, proved to be a strong candidate. There were few surprises in the […]

Mannis Exhibits Real Leadership

Mannis Exhibits Real Leadership

By Steve Hunley The biggest issue in the coming City of Knoxville elections is, without a doubt, Recode.  Knoxville’s longest serving mayor, Victor Ashe, has appropriately termed it a massive “rezoning” package and indeed it does affect virtually every property within the city limits.  Nor has the city council kept its promises while at the […]

Publisher’s Correction re. February 2016 council meeting

It has come to my attention, through social and other media, that in last week’s Publisher’s Position I incorrectly identified 2019 city council candidate Amelia Parker as having dropped the “F bomb” while addressing city council about an issue at a council meeting in 2016. After further review, I stand corrected that it was not […]