Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley No More Gender For some years, an element of the Democratic Party, especially those “woke” folks have told us there is no such thing as gender.  One nutcake out there says parents who identify the gender of their unborn child are committing child abuse.  The mere notion someone would call parents finding […]

Vaccination turnout larger than expected

Vaccination turnout larger than expected

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Recently a line of hopefuls stretched totally around the large Expo Center in North Knoxville. The facility  wasn’t hosting a flea market or political rally but a vaccination clinic for qualifying people to get the first of two COVID-19 shots. Knox County has been a center for huge increases […]

Lady Hornets take title and make history in bowling

Lady Hornets take title and make history in bowling

By Steve Williams It didn’t take long for Carter High’s girls bowling team to make its mark in District 4. In just its second year of having a team, the Lady Hornets stung Bearden 20-7 in the championship match Friday at the Oak Ridge Bowling Center. “I think it’s really important because this is a […]

Housing and Neighborhood Development public meeting to be held Thursday

The City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Department staff will discuss the development of its first annual update to the Five Year Consolidated Plan. The Annual Action Plan will outline how the City will use funding from the […]

NAC, Including New Members, Meets Next Week

~ from the Office of Neighborhoods   The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) will meet next week on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m., via Zoom.   For four members, this will be their first meeting. The new members are:   Alanna McKissack: Seat 2-B Brent Waugh: Seat 4-B Philip Hipps: Seat 5-A Breyauna Hollaway: Seat […]

KCHD prioritizing vaccination efforts, changing contact tracing strategy

To prioritize vaccination efforts, the Knox County Health Department is changing its contact tracing and case investigation strategy. An important tool in a typical outbreak, contact tracing is less effective than vaccination when such a high level of community transmission is occurring. Contact tracers are, in effect, disease detectives. They interview people who have recently […]

Knox County Schools switch to virtual learning Friday due to inclement weather

Based on forecasted inclement weather and the potential for hazardous road conditions, Knox County Schools will move to online learning on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. All students should log on to their Chromebooks and be prepared for virtual instruction at the normal start of the school day. Instructional personnel will work remotely. In-person students will […]