Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

By Ray Hill For more than a decade Leonidas Campbell Houk was the Congressman from Tennessee’s Second District.  A man with neatly combed hair and a mustache that would have done justice to a Victorian villain; Houk was a popular political figure who tightly maintained his control of his district for years. Houk was born […]

Proposal made for Old Knoxville High School

Proposal made for Old Knoxville High School

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Commission will receive a proposal Monday that recommends that Family Pride Corporation of Loudon be awarded the bid for Old Knoxville High School. Family Pride’s president, Rick Dover, has remodeled and repurposed several Loudon, Lenoir City, and Knox County schools, including Oakdale Elementary, for assisted living facilities and […]

ORNL FCU holds cash mob at local favorite, Smart Toys and Books

ORNL FCU holds cash mob at local favorite, Smart Toys and Books

By Tasha Mahurin Tasha@knoxfocus.com More than 60 community supporters and ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) members and employees flocked to Smart Toys and Books in West Knoxville last week to participate in the 5th Small Business Counts cash mob presented by ORNL FCU. “We want to thank ORNL Federal Credit Union and their employees for […]

League of Women Voters Announces October 14th Candidate Forum

All seven candidates running for Knoxville City Council will participate in a nonpartisan Candidate Forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Knox County. The League will hold the Forum on October 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cansler Family YMCA. The following candidates are participating in the Forum: District 1: Nick Pavlis (unopposed) District 2: […]

PK Hope Is Alive, Focus reporter Dan Andrews discusses living with Parkinson's on WBIR

PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East TN will meet Tuesday, October 15 in Oak Ridge at Kern United Methodist Church, located at 451 East Tennessee Ave, in the Family Life Center from 11:30–1:30. This month’s topic will be “Cognitive changes in the Parkinson Patient” presented by Dr. Nelleke Van Wouwe. For more information please contact […]

Mayor issues statement on effect of possible U.S Government shutdown

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett released the following statement concerning the effect a possible federal government shutdown would have on Knox County:   “Despite Washington’s inability to come to a consensus and address the government’s financial crisis, Knox County will continue to operate and services will not be disrupted in the event of a short-term […]

Upcoming South Doyle Neighborhood Association Meeting

South Doyle Neighborhood Association Meeting October 1st, 7:00 p.m. Stock Creek Baptist Church Special Guest: Knox County Codes Enforcement Officers Roy Braden and Tony DeVaughan How this affects you: Dirty lots; dogs; erosion control; excessive noise; vacant, deteriorated, blighted lots; abandoned and inoperable vehicles; home occupation regulations; storage of school buses; construction codes/permits; regulations of […]

Publisher's Position-Rogero should Sunshine meetings with Council members

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com According to information obtained by The Knoxville Focus through a Freedom of Information Act request, on July 17th, from 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero met with Knoxville Councilwoman Brenda Palmer. She also met with Knoxville Councilman George Wallace on August 21st, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Details […]