The Knoxville Focus for August 17, 2020

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS As the West High Rebels practice Wednesday, one coach can be seen wearing a mask, and the scoreboard reminds all what year it is. The high school football season is scheduled to start this week despite the coronavirus pandemic. Please see high school previews for football, volleyball, girls’ soccer and girls’ cross country in Sports and Recreation, Section B, of this week’s Focus.

The Knoxville Focus for August 17, 2020

Pressure? New Central head coach says he’s excited By Steve Williams The season opener is days away and his feelings could change as kickoff time nears Friday night. After all, Central’s football team has won back-to-back Class 5A state championships and it will be Nick Craney’s first time on the sidelines as a high school […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2020

Early voting totals higher than expected By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Early voting ended Saturday and Knox County residents have turned out in large numbers despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Overall, turnout has been much higher than anticipated,” Chris Davis, Administrator of the Knox County Election Commission told The Focus Friday.  He added, “We’re pleased […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 27, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 27, 2020

Anne Crais is Good Neighbor of the Year By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year for 2020 is Anne Crais, secretary of Wesley Neighborhood Community Association. The announcement was made during an Office of Neighborhoods Recognition Dinner Thursday. Normally the honors are presented in the city’s annual Neighborhood […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 20, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 20, 2020

Haslam family gift will support insurance for student laptops A generous gift from the Haslam family will help economically disadvantaged families obtain insurance for new Chromebooks that will be provided to all K-12 students in Knox County Schools. Earlier this year, the Knox County Board of Education and Knox County Commission approved a 1:1 plan […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 13, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 13, 2020

Duties of Knox County Mayor debated by Charter Review Committee By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County voters may see a charter amendment on the November ballot. The Knox County Charter Review Committee voted 21-3 last week to have any purchase of less than $100,000 placed on the commission’s “spread of records” each month. […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2020

Knox Health Board mandates masks By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Wednesday’s meeting of the Knox County Board of Health saw masks being required in most indoor businesses to flatten the surge of COVID-19 but the effort saw some resistance. The board’s involvement goes back to orders issued by Dr. Martha Buchanan in March instituting […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

$1,500 bonus for deputies in approved Knox budget By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler’s persistence won out Wednesday with a victorious split vote granting a bonus to his deputies. The county commission also passed the amended budget that included the bonus payments during the special session. The sheriff’s department discovered […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 15, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 15, 2020

Central football team receives title rings, surprise visit at ceremony By Ken Lay The 2019 Central High School football team got its Class 5A State Championship rings Thursday at Dan Y. Boring Stadium. The rings were the jewels that culminated a second consecutive championship. The ceremony, which was conducted with social distancing protocols in place, […]