MPC spends $2700.00 on Coffee!

We at the Knoxville Focus are looking into a couple purchase orders. . After reading the July purchase orders on the County website  this one really stood out! More to come…developing! Dan Andrews reports…   07/10/2013 2014 Metropolitan Planning Commiss 14000223 Five Star Coffee Service $2,700.00 Details of Purchase Order 14000223 coffee and supplies as needed, […]

Mayor Burchett and the tank he sold on Ebay Would recommend to any prospective tank buyer ;-). Thanks for the tank! protectivepowder ( 58) Mar 06, 2009 00:05 1958 British Saladin Military Tank Street Ready (#300294269474) US $20,000.00   If Knox County ever goes to war with Blount County it is good to know we have a mayor who  once sold a tank. Literally!  The […]

Angela Starke put in notice

Angela Starke, the Director of Communications for the City Mayor, has confirmed to me first hand that she will be stepping down in late December or early January  from her position. She will be moving to Florida where her spouse has taken up a new career opportunity.  She stated she enjoys working with the Mayor […]

City Parking issue involving booting cars appears rectified

Mr. Mayshark, the public information officer for the City of Knoxville has informed me in writing that the downtown booting situation appears to be resolved.  He also informed me about the little known “Wrecker Services Division.” Here is the email word for word. “Dan, The Wrecker Services Commission doesn’t have regularly scheduled meetings, it meets […]

Fiscal conservative mayor saves taxpayers money

As a reporter I interact directly and on a daily basis with a number of public information officials. I also interact with many elected officials. So imagine my surprise today when I discovered what appears to be a blatantly misleading post about one of the most respected departments in the City-County Building. Instead of printing […]

S&P upgrades Knox County’s financial outlook, affirms strong bond rating

While cities and counties across the country face municipal bankruptcy and other financial crises, Knox County’s financial outlook is strong and continues to improve, according to the nation’s two leading credit rating agencies. A strong bond rating is an important indicator for potential lenders of a government’s financial well-being. Knox County’s strong credit ratings help […]

Publisher's Position The Truth About the Sentinel’s Obsession

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Ever since The Knoxville Focus started a weekly poll, the Knoxville News-Sentinel has been obsessed about our new feature. Within days of the first poll, Sentinel columnist Georgianna Vines was burning up my phone to quiz me about the poll. I was surprised the Sentinel would be interested in covering another […]