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 […]

Southern Biscuit® Returns as Official Sponsor of 6th Annual International Biscuit Festival Biscuit Baking Contest

Live Demos and Biscuit Baking Competitions Live Under the Big Tent in Downtown Knoxville   Do you love watching cooking competitions? Well we’ve got you covered live under the big tent on Biscuit Boulevard at the 6th annual International Biscuit Festival in downtown Knoxville this Saturday, May 16. Southern Biscuit® Flour, famously known as the […]

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 […]

E-911 Radio Contract on hold

By Mike Steely   It’s not quite back to square one for a new radio system for the Knox County Emergency Communications District, but the board has voted to delay a final decision on the proposed $ 9 million contract bid from Harris Corp while more information about joining the Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System […]

Sevier County Ripley Attractions Host Job Fair

Ripley’s Aquarium and Attractions is hosting a job fair to hire over 100 immediate positions at their 8 Ripley Sevier county attractions. The job fair will be Saturday, March 7th from 10 am to 4 pm at of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.   The 8 Ripley’s Sevier county attractions hiring include: Ripley’s Aquarium of […]

BOE Member Amber Rountree weighs in on reauthorization of NCLB

Dr. McIntyre went to Washington D.C. this week to participate in a U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions roundtable discussion on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Before he left, he invited Board of Education members to share their thoughts and concerns with him. At least one board member, Amber […]

Apartments, pay raise and sidewalks before Council

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com   The Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended against it and the Inskip Neighborhood Association is opposed to it but Quint Bourgeois is appealing to City Council Tuesday. He wants to rezone his property on Bruhin road from R-1A back to R-2 in order to build apartments.   The 4-acre site is across […]