The Knoxville Focus for March 14, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for March 14, 2016

E-911 Director Change Possible By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knoxville-Knox County Director of the E-911 System may be on his way to early retirement. The system’s Personnel Committee met in a called session Wednesday to hear the results of an employee survey and then discussed the various options concerning Director Bob Coker’s employment. Vicki Hatfield, […]

Neighborhood gathering a success

Neighborhood gathering a success

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com More than 450 people turned out for the Neighborhood Awards and Networking Luncheon at the Knoxville Convention Center recently. The annual event featured exhibits from various city and county agencies, companies, and the presentation of the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award. David Gillette of Mechanicsville received the Good […]

The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is HOT!

The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is HOT!

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The latest in women’s fashion with a flair opened last month and is already drawing customers and praise. The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is located at 3501 Tazewell Pike in the same building as Symmetry Salon and Spa and is the creation of Amanda Love. The boutique has the latest styles […]

Revisiting Bearden

Revisiting Bearden

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are new to Knoxville you’ve probably familiar with Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike, the one-in-the-same street that runs from downtown all the way to Farragut and on to Loudon County. Driving west from downtown, past the churches and stately homes in the Sequoyah Hills  neighborhood, you’ll enter Bearden as […]

Bringing life to the Potter House

Bringing life to the Potter House

  By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Some people call a section along Washington Avenue the “Barber Block” for the large number of homes there designed by noted architect George Barber. The name is certainly appropriate but of all the Barber Homes in that Edgewood neighborhood there’s one Barber home that was never in a catalog. Being […]

Community Chest, FISH help the needy

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com “Many people with limited incomes cannot clothe their families at the prices charged by most non-profit thrift stores. Our aim is to get the needed items to people at the lowest prices while covering operating expenses,” the leaflet for the Community Chest states. The store, with locations at 1508 North Central […]

Safety Center, Crime, Coliseum are 2016 Concerns

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Recently The Knoxville Focus asked more than three dozen elected officials and office seekers what their main goal or concern is for 2016. Various elected officials responded to the question.   The Safety Center The most popular reply was the need for a Knox County-Knoxville Safety Center.  A Safety Center could […]

Paying it forward in Knoxville

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com I was at a local auto service center recently to get the oil changed in my wife’s car on a FREE oil change coupon. I’ve had work done there many times and the last time I was given two free oil changes. Since it’s difficult to find a trustworthy mechanic, I’ve […]

Knoxville’s Hidden History

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com It’s hard to imagine what the little settlement of Knoxville looked like before the place became a town. When the territorial governor was looking for a location for a capitol, he considered the Southwest Point Fort in what is now Kingston and the James White Fort in Knoxville. That was before […]

Growing up in Skaggston

Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong grew up in the Skaggston area and attended the elementary school there. From there, he went to Carter High School and graduated from UT. He received a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. Armstrong served TVA for 32 years as […]