Mannis Comes Out Strong Against Recode

Mannis Comes Out Strong Against Recode

By Steve Hunley For the past two and a half years, the City of Knoxville has been nudging along one of the most comprehensive and sweeping plans surrounding property use.  Known as “Recode,” this nefarious plan has gone through more incarnations than the Devil himself.  Citizens have had a hard time keeping up with all […]

Nashville Blues

Nashville Blues

By Steve Hunley Nashville/Davidson County has its problems.  I suppose all local governments have their problems, but Nashville seems to have more than most.  Pretty much everybody knows about the scandal involving former mayor Meghan Barry and her subsequent resignation.  Now Mayor David Briley is up for reelection this year and the metro government is […]

Praise for Governor Lee, Legislators

Praise for Governor Lee, Legislators

By Steve Hunley How many times have you heard someone complain politicians don’t do what they promised during the campaign?  I’ve griped about it myself and cannot begin to count the number of times I’ve heard that same complaint from others.  Bill Lee promised during his campaign to do his very best to fix what […]

Recode Draft 5 finally arrives

Recode Draft 5 finally arrives

By Steve Hunley On Wednesday afternoon May 1, 2019, Knoxville-Knox County Planning released the long awaited Recode Draft 5. Recode Draft 4 came in at 287 pages. Draft 5 increased that by 48% to 425 pages. Despite the prior commitment of Knoxville City Council in the third city council workshop on Recode to hold another […]

Is Recode Supposed to be a Secret?

Is Recode Supposed to be a Secret?

By Steve Hunley This past Tuesday, April 23, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero signed a Special Called Meeting public notice of the Knoxville City Council to hold the first of two votes on Recode on May 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. One little problem, in the 347 words in the public notice the word […]

The Bully Brigade Strikes Back

The Bully Brigade Strikes Back

By Steve Hunley Last week’s Publisher’s Position brought a sure and swift reaction from a few members of the Bully Brigade. Were it not so pitiful, it would be laughable. One person asked on social media if my referring to some of the teachers protesting Governor Lee’s ESA bill as bullies was a hate crime […]

The Bully Brigade vs. the Governor’s ESA

The Bully Brigade vs. the Governor’s ESA

By Steve Hunley There are frequent complaints about bullying in our schools and is it any wonder?  On Saturday, April 6, Governor Bill Lee came to Knox County to speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner.  A small group of teachers led by former local teachers’ union head Lauren Hopson Sorenson and State Representative Gloria Johnson […]

Deconstructing Recode Knoxville

Deconstructing Recode Knoxville

By Steve Hunley This past Thursday, April 4, the third City Council Recode Workshop was held. It was different from the first two workshops in that serious questions were finally asked to city council about why Recode is actually needed. In Philosophy there is a concept known as a “false construct.” It is one of […]

What’s the hurry with Recode?

What’s the hurry with Recode?

There is too much at stake to get this wrong By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com How should Knoxville residential and commercial property owners respond to the rewriting of fifty years of Knoxville City Zoning code that defines and protects their property rights with the proposed omnibus rezoning code legislation known as Knoxville Recode? No Knoxville […]

What are the teachers’ unions afraid of?

What are the teachers’ unions afraid of?

Tennesseans should support the governor, ESAs By Steve Hunley Tennesseans ought to stand up and support Bill Lee and the governor’s Education Savings Account legislation. Legislators are being bombarded by special interests opposed to parents and students having a choice for once. Most of the opposition is by teachers’ unions. What are they afraid of? […]