Our Focus is Local

Our Focus is Local

By Steve Hunley To my mind, one of the things that makes a community worthwhile is having a sense of community.  That is something we try to do here at The Focus, as our focus is almost entirely local in scope and nature.  The Focus has a reporter at every meeting of the Knox County […]

Recode….. Round 2

Recode….. Round 2

By Steve Hunley We have many new readers in the past few months from our in depth coverage of Recode Knoxville. For our readers who haven’t heard about Recode yet, it  is the wiping out of our current Knoxville zoning code that has sixty years of case law protecting people’s property rights. Recode replaces all […]

Bill Dunn for Speaker of the House

Bill Dunn for Speaker of the House

By Steve Hunley The impending resignation of Glen Casada, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, has its sad aspects, whether anybody wants to admit it or not. Democrats are rejoicing because they think the fall of Glen Casada will reap political dividends for their own party. Of course that is largely a delusion, but […]

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 […]

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