The Knoxville Focus for May 17, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for May 17, 2021

Sheriff Tom Spangler begins campaign for re-election By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com “How do you put things in words when you have a crowd here saying they believe in what you’re doing?” Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler asked Thursday afternoon during his re-election campaign kickoff at the Lakeside Restaurant. “I want to continue.” He […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 10, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for May 10, 2021

Penny Pawn rezoned, Norwood withdrawn and budget discussed at city council   By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com While much of the meeting was interrupted by yells and taunts from a group protesting the killing of an Austin-East student by a city policeman, the Knoxville City Council proceeded with its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The […]

The Knoxville Focus for May 3, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for May 3, 2021

Despite protests, commission passes three important items By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com While continued protests at the Knox County Commission meeting last Monday got most of the news coverage, the commission passed three measures that will affect both the city and county. Public forum at the end of the meeting saw several citizens condemn […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 19, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for April 19, 2021

Large turnout at Fountain City B&P’s new meeting venue By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com “We had a great meeting and great turnout!” said Jeff Bagwell, president of the Fountain City Business and Professional Association. Bagwell told The Focus that the association’s first big meeting following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic drew a large […]

The Knoxville Focus for April 12, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for April 12, 2021

Tennessee Tutoring Corps to expand this summer The Bill and Crissy Haslam Foundation, in partnership with youth-serving organizations across Tennessee, last week launched the second year of the statewide Tennessee Tutoring Corps program to provide summer learning opportunities for rising 1st – 4th grade students who have fallen behind academically due to the education disruptions caused by […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 22, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for March 22, 2021

Norwood residents oppose large Merchant Dr. development By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com For years developers have been trying to build homes and businesses along Merchant Drive in west Norwood. The residential community was saddened and frustrated to lose a recent Knoxville-Knox County Planning zoning request for apartments and duplexes along the narrow and very […]

The Knoxville Focus for February 22, 2021

The Knoxville Focus for February 22, 2021

New location for vaccines, sheriff’s courthouse, AJ Building By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission discussed a new metal courthouse for the sheriff’s department, a new location for Covid-19 vaccinations, the sale of the Andrew Johnson Building and several other matters Tuesday in a virtual work session.   New vaccine location in […]