Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales Begin tomorrow

  Buy cookies in-person and enter for a chance to win cookies for a year   For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to pre-order their favorite Girl Scout cookies, the time to buy them in person has arrived. On Feb. 28, Girl Scout cookie booth sales will begin in Knox County. The Girl Scout […]

UTILITY WORK, EVENT TO CLOSE TRAFFIC LANES TEMPORARILY

Utility work will close lanes of traffic temporarily on South Gay Street and Chapman Highway on Thursday, while Saturday’s Mardi Growl dog parade and festival will mean some downtown road closures and no-parking areas.   Thursday, Feb. 27 – 1-3 a.m. KUB will close both northbound lanes on a short section of South Gay Street […]

Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools

On Saturday, March 1, the sixth annual Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools 5K Run/Walk will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Knoxville Zoo and Chilhowee Park. During last year’s event, approximately 1,600 participants helped raise almost $17,000 for the Knox County Schools. A minimum of $5 of every registration goes back to […]

Publisher's Position: State of the Schools Address Is More of the Same

By Steve Hunley Anyone expecting anything new in Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s annual State of the Schools address had to be terribly disappointed. Recently, there has been an attempt to make McIntyre more human; the fact a public official who has been here six years needs to be humanized should be quite telling. McIntyre […]

Publisher's Position: Gov. Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise’ Deserves Legislature’s Support

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his “Tennessee Promise” plan in his State of the State address. Evidently, the governor had not previously shared his plan with the members of the General Assembly, as one could hear an audible gasp from the audience. That particular reaction is easy to understand, as the […]

TOMATO HEAD KICKS OFF LOVING SPOONFUL CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

 NON-PROFIT WUTK-FM IS FIRST PARTNER   A very popular locally owned restaurant, The Tomato Head, is kicking off its first-ever charitable giving campaign for non-profits during the month of February.  Dubbed Loving Spoonful, this month’s non-profit is WUTK-FM 90.3 The Rock, the award winning student radio station that acts as a lab for UT students, […]

CITY LEADERS FACE ‘TOUGH DECISIONS’ ON 2014-15 BUDGET

Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff at a Friday budget retreat with City Council outlined “tough decisions” due to steep fixed-cost increases for the 2014-15 fiscal year.   City officials detailed the City’s most recent accomplishments and proposed some strategic short-term investments aimed at protecting City infrastructure and leveraging private-sector partnerships in a way that […]

WS PACKAGING GROUP, INC. TO EXPAND AND CONSOLIDATE OPERATIONS IN KNOXVILLE

Printing and Labeling Company to Invest $43 Million, Create 231 New Jobs   NASHVILLE—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with WS Packaging Group, Inc. officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Knoxville by opening a new location in the PBR Building, located at 10215 […]

SunTrust presents Knox County with rebate check

This morning, SunTrust Bank presented Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett with a $446,343 E-commerce card rebate check. Knox County earned the nearly half-million-dollar rebate from the use of its E-commerce cards during the 2013 calendar year. This amount surpassed 2012’s rebate by more than $128,000, a 40 percent increase. “I appreciate the work of Knox […]

It's almost time for Waynestock 4

The fourth Waynestock: For the Love of Drew festival brings together Knoxville music community for a three-night on January 30, 31 and February 1, at Relix Variety Theatre in Knoxville’s Happy Holler neighborhood.   Admission to Waynestock is $5 per night with all proceeds going to the E.M. Jellinek Center, a non-profit organization that provides […]