Local businesses save Christmas for CAC's Granparents to Parents Program

(Rusty Seymour, Linda Estridge, Rosalyn White, & Russ Jensen) CAC’s Office on Aging hosts an annual Holiday dinner for its Grandparents to Parents program. The program offers assistance to grandparents, or sometimes great-grandparents, who are foster caring children. Due to unforseen circumstances it looked as though the annual dinner would be missing  gifts for over […]

Mayor Burchett still recovering from pneumonia…

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was present at today’s Knox County Commission meeting. The mayor has been recovering from pneumonia for the past two weeks. He assures that he is on the mend, but his doctors have told him to “take it easy” …as it normally takes up to 6 weeks to completely recover.

McIntyre discusses school safety before Knox County Commission

Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre updates Knox County Commission on safety and security in our public school system following last week’s tragedy in CT. He issued the following statement last week: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children and families of Newtown, Connecticut today as they grapple with this horrendous tragedy. The […]

iPad app streamlines building & codes inspections

Rather than a clipboard, carbon copy forms and a digital camera, Knox County Codes officials now go to building and codes inspection sites equipped with an iPad loaded with a special app developed by Knox County’s Information Technology Department. The app is being used in the inspection of new construction, as well as in codes […]

Does it work? Dan Andrews investigates YouTube Hypnosis…

For the past three weeks I have been experimenting with Youtube  hypnosis videos. While my experiments were very unscientific, I did gain a lot of insight into hypnosis and my own mental attitude.  In my experiment, I focused on two issues-  sleep and confidence. To obtain a baseline for sleep, I would wake up around 3 am […]

Knox County Festival of Lights

  Knox County’s Holiday Festival of Lights started to shine brightly tonight at  The Cove at Concord Park with a special kick-off event during which Knox County Commission Chairman Tony Norman flipped the switch to turn on the lights and start the festival. Also in attendance to show his holiday spirit was Commissioner Ed Shouse […]

On the beat in Nashville

    Driving down Commerce Street in Nashville earlier this week, I screamed, “turn up the radio”, to my friend as two artists who I profiled in The Focus over a year ago “Megan and Liz” filtered through the radio. Later that day, I sat in a friendly stranger’s living room and watched an artist […]

Knoxville: There's an app for that…

Knoxville now has an app, thanks in part to Councilman Nick Della Volpe and the fine folks at Visit Knoxville. Della Volpe was taken with the idea after visiting Bardstown, KY. The city has a population of less than 20,000, but still had its own app. Della Volpe quickly learned it was inexpensive to develop […]

Knox Co. Finance Dept. wins GFOA award for FY2013 budget

For the 17th consecutive year, the Knox County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2012-2013 budget. The GFOA award represents a significant achievement by Knox County and the finance department, and it reflects a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental accounting. “The […]

My Daily Cup of Joe- Big, Little City

I have a habit of striking up conversations while waiting in line. A couple of weeks ago, while waiting to pay for ‘my daily cup of joe’, I happened to notice the gentleman in front of me. He had a bit of a nervous tick, and seemed to be in a terrible hurry, but, yet, […]