UT-State Department Program to Host Olympian Michelle Kwan

Young female athletes from around the globe and Michelle Kwan—five-time world figure skating champion, two-time Olympic medalist and senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State—will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during the next few weeks.   The Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative is part of the U.S. Department of State’s sports […]

Ijams River Rescue this weekend

  2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the annual river and creek clean up that takes place at over 50 sites all over Knoxville and surrounding areas. Last year over 1,000 volunteers come out and clean tons of trash from more than 50 miles of our local waterways. This event is truly a community effort and […]

Pellissippi State to host forum featuring mayors

  Pellissippi State Community College hosts a forum that features an interview and Q&A with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero on Thursday, April 10.   The mayoral forum, “How Local Politics Impacts Business and You,” begins at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley […]

Yes, Mayor Rogero Really Did Write That!

Exclusive! Earlier today at the University of Tennessee Social Media Week, Mayor Rogero mentioned how she recently emailed her hard working, community dedicated, chief public information officer, Jesse Mayshark. The email was sent late on a Friday night. Within minutes, the dedicated public worker immediately addressed the issue! So the Mayor responded “Get a Life.” […]

The Titanium Division…The new encrypted journalist.

When I first started writing about encryption, few people knew, few people cared, and very few people understood what I was talking and writing about. I worked tirelessly to get the journalistic community to adapt to new encryption technology like “Silent Circle” way before Edward Snowden, NSA, Prism, and the many other major revelations had […]

Knoxville Focus for March 31, 2014

Knoxville Focus for March 31, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus.   Bob Thomas Runs for District 10 Commission Seat By David Klein Robert (Bob) Thomas does not have an agenda in becoming Knox County District 10 Commissioner. In an interview with The Focus, he said many times that he is in favor of reducing the debt. Thomas is […]

Seymour Chamber swears in new officers

Seymour Chamber swears in new officers

The Seymour Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC) swore in its 2014 Officers on Friday, March 14, 2014 at its 11th Annual Chamber Banquet held at Valley Grove Baptist Church. This year’s Officers include President, Linda Karam of AdvoCare; Vice President, John Linsenbigler of the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department; Treasurer, Melissa Frazier of Tennessee State Bank; […]

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Twelve

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part Twelve

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s Senator Estes Kefauver had once again bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1956.  Unlike 1952, Kefauver had encountered stiff competition from various other candidates.  Former Illinois governor and 1952 Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson had not been coy or hesitant as he had been four years earlier.  Stevenson wanted the […]

Our Neighborhoods: EAST KNOXVILLE

Our Neighborhoods: EAST KNOXVILLE

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Every section of Knox County is unique and offers a variety of home styles, historic sites, restaurants, neighborhoods, and culture. East Knoxville has all that and more. From downtown Knoxville to Interstate 40, the east side of the city may be the most diverse section in our region. East Knoxville basically […]