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 […]

The Socialist Movement in Knoxville

The Socialist Movement in Knoxville

They Are on the Ballot By Steve Hunley Whether you believe it or not, there is a socialist movement in Knoxville; in fact, there is a ticket of socialist candidates running for city council.  They refer to it as the “City Council Movement” without referring to themselves as socialists.  The candidates running as part of […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 12, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for August 12, 2019

ROAD BLOCKED Parking reduced at New Harvest early voting location By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com It is a shame how few people vote in City of Knoxville elections.  That trend has been spiraling steadily downward in recent years.  Considering that, you’d think the Knox County Election Commission would try and make early voting as convenient […]

A Chicken In Every Pot or a City Without Hope?

A Chicken In Every Pot or a City Without Hope?

By Steve Hunley I was trying to remember which presidential candidate promised “a chicken in every pot” and checked with our residential historian and my memory was correct, it was Herbert Hoover. Hoover, enjoying the “Republican prosperity” of the 1920s, won a huge victory in 1928. Seven months after he was inaugurated, the stock market […]

The HUD Connection

The HUD Connection

Have we found the real reason for Recode? By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com Have we found the real reason for Recode? Last week we concluded The Knoxville Focus Publisher’s Position with a question, “What is the real reason for Recode?” We also asked Focus readers to call their city council representatives and ask the question, […]

Will Recode Raise Taxes?

Will Recode Raise Taxes?

By Steve Hunley As the City of Knoxville government considers the “Recode” proposal, I’ve heard that some officials are insisting Recode will not cause taxes to increase.  That just cannot be true.  While Recode has undergone more permutations than Frankenstein’s monster, the supposed purpose of Recode was to increase the “density” of Knoxville, meaning increase […]

We found the Recode maps

We found the Recode maps

And Madeline’s Meltdown By Steve Hunley The first of two votes on the zoning and code process upheaval known as Recode in Knoxville City Council has happened. Recode was approved by council by a vote of 7 to 2 (Voting for Recode were: Stair, Saunders, McKenzie, Rider, Roberto, Welch and Wallace. Campen and Singh voted […]

Whatever Happened to Eddie Nelson?

Whatever Happened to Eddie Nelson?

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com Edward Nelson was the Democratic candidate last year for the 19th District seat in the Tennessee General Assembly against Representative Dave Wright.  Until quite recently, he was also Vice Chair of the Knox County Democratic Party.  Nominated and lavished with praise by none other than Rene Hoyos, last year’s Democratic […]

Where is the Recode Map?

Where is the Recode Map?

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville Focus received phone calls and emails on last week’s Publisher’s Position “Too Many Recode Missteps.” Of interest was a question about the missing zoning map for Recode. For many months the text of Recode has been discussed and amended by the city council but the Knoxville-Knox County Planning commission has […]