Town Hall updated on Fountain City Lake

By Mike Steely The Fountain City Town Hall held a community meeting last Monday at the Lions Club Building at Fountain City Park to begin planning for the Honor Fountain City Day in May and to hear from the city on the restoration of the lake there. “Don’t call it a pond,” one audience […]

Governor Thomas C. Rye

By Ray Hill   Just after the turn of the century, Tennessee’s Democratic Party became almost hopelessly fractured.  The candidacies of two men helped to heal the deep divisions inside the Democratic Party in Tennessee: that of Kenneth D. McKellar for the United States Senate in 1916 and Tom C. Rye for governor in 1914. […]

Not Too Shabby is unique

By Mike Steely It’s one of those little shops where you immediately feel welcome and right at home. Not Too Shabby, next to Impromptu Home and Garden Accessories at 5901 Chapman Highway, is owned and operated by Jama M. Williams. Jama told The Focus that she decided to open the consignment store on the […]

Publisher’s Position: No Surprise About ‘Insure Tennessee’

By Steve Hunley Governor Bill Haslam is surprised over the defeat of his “Insure Tennessee” program inside a committee in the State Senate.  I’m not the least bit surprised. Evidently the governor doesn’t talk to many people outside his own circle. The legislature is overwhelmingly Republican these days and the cries of horror by much […]

Haskell ‘glad’ he took Vine coaching job this season

By Steve Williams David Haskell hadn’t planned on coaching basketball this season. He would be teaching health and physical education for the second year at Vine Middle Magnet Academy. Haskell’s son, Connor, would be coming to Vine with him for his eighth grade year and first in public schools after having been home schooled. As […]

Our Neighborhoods: Another Look at South Knoxville

  By Mike Steely South Knoxville has some beautiful historic homes and buildings and neighborhoods that are proud of their area and the history there. As you cross the Henley Street Bridge and drive down Chapman Highway into South Knoxville, you might not realize how many things are still changing for the residents there now […]

Hopson Elected as KCEA President

  By Mike Steely   Lauren Hopson, the founder of Students, Parents and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK) and a teacher advocate who has been outspoken concerning Superintendent James McIntyre and school policies, has been elected by fellow Knox County Education Association (KCEA) members as their new president.   Hopson challenged current President Tanya Coats […]

Jacob Whitesides to play the Bijou

By Dan Andrews “Professional and genuine.” I continue to write those words repeatedly when describing Knoxville’s own Jacob Whitesides. Three years ago, I drove out to Nashville to cover the young man at the very beginning of his career. After seeing his performance with Jimmy James Hunter and Forest Miller, I was immediately impressed. […]

Focus on the Law: Social Security in 2015

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.7 percent increase in benefits for 2015.  This is to adjust for an increase in the annual cost of living.  Nearly 64 million Social Security beneficiaries should have received their increased benefit last month.  More than 8 million of these recipients are […]

Knoxville Focus for February 9, 2015

Knoxville Focus for February 9, 2015

  Sidewalks, Apartments and a Speedy Agenda By Mike Steely The next Knoxville mayor will get a $12,500 pay raise, the Rogers Group, Inc. will get a contract of more than $7,467,712 for street paving, and the city’s Wayfinding Project will increase the contract to Jarvis Award, Sign and Flag Company by $23,952. It […]