In a first of its kind, The Knoxville Focus with the permission of the County Mayor’s Office, took on a unique photographic project. The idea was to photograph, not the Mayor, but the finance director before, during, and after the budget was presented to commission. Over the course of more than twenty hours and over two months, The Knoxville Focus was given an exclusive inside look into the hard work and dedication of the finance team- led by Chris Caldwell. The parameters of this task were simple. No staged shots and everything was embargoed- any budget information that I might hear was not to be repeated until the budget was final. Many safeguards were put in place to ensure that I would not have access to sensitive information. We live in an era of Twitter, sound bites, and rapid, short news cycles. However, we at The Knoxville Focus still believe in the long story, the whole story, and covering it from the beginning to the end.
***Before the budget is announced*****
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