L&N Academy, Jewelry TV and Zoning times

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The admission of out-of-county students to the L&N STEM Academy came up in a discussion at the Knox County Commission workshop last week with several commissioners questioning School Superintendent James McIntyre about the policy. On the agenda were three items to approve agreements with Loudon, Monroe and Union counties to admit […]

Mosquito spraying in three areas Thursday night

First spraying of the year   Knoxville, Tenn. – The latest lab report has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in three areas of Knox County. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will spray for mosquitoes in the affected areas Thursday, August 13 […]

Commission looks at school fund requests

By Mike Steely The Knox County Commission meets in a work session next Monday, July 20, at 5 p.m. in the City-County Building and will consider several requests from the school system including leasing 14 vehicles for Drivers Education. The 36-month lease, with Acme Auto Leasing LLC, will cost $67,134.48 for each 12-month period, or […]

Teachers, Leave Those Tests Alone

By Sally Absher In what some are calling yet another assault on Tennessee educators, the Tennessee Department of Education (TN DOE) has adopted a new method of detecting cheating on Tennessee’s most important standardized assessment, the TCAP. The State calls this its “erasure analysis.” Tri-Cities News Channel 11 (WJHL) reported that this led state leaders […]

Evaluation process begins on Superintendent

By Mike Steely   The Knox County Board of Education’s Evaluation Committee met Thursday to begin tweaking the language of a 14-page document that will probably be used in evaluating Superintendent James McIntyre and future superintendents. The two part evaluation, which will be discussed in a full BOE meeting in August, should be adopted in […]

Donation to Everly Park on agenda

  By Mike Steely Among the many items on the Knoxville City Council agenda tonight are several donations to various organizations including $1,000 from Community Improvement Funds toward the creation of the Everly Brothers Park. City Councilman Duane Grieve has requested the funding which will go through Legacy Parks Foundation which is acting as fiscal […]

Burchett says ‘No Tax Increase’

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfcous.com Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is scheduled to release the county’s 2015-2016 Budget proposal this morning just as The Focus hits the streets. In a meeting Thursday the Focus learned a few things that will be in Burchett’s address to be delivered at the City-County Building at 9 a.m. There’s no […]

Mooreland Heights Elementary School Presents “Willy Wonka Kids”

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Mooreland Heights Elementary School (MHES) will be performing the musical, “Willy Wonka Kids,” on May 8, 2015, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Because of the popularity of the school’s musical performances, the “Willy Wonka Kids” performances will be held at South-Doyle Middle School’s auditorium (3900 Decatur Road), which provides […]

Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee this weekend

Knoxville will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, April 30 through May 3.  A series of programs and activities will highlight Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives, with a focus on Reconstruction, remembrance, and reconciliation.       About the Blue & Gray Reunion:   Visitors are invited to explore […]