The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for August 3, 2020

Early voting totals higher than expected By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Early voting ended Saturday and Knox County residents have turned out in large numbers despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Overall, turnout has been much higher than anticipated,” Chris Davis, Administrator of the Knox County Election Commission told The Focus Friday.  He added, “We’re pleased […]

Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley First District Congressman Tennessee voters will likely be electing a new congressman from Tennessee’s First Congressional District in a matter of days.  The First District is upper East Tennessee, running basically from Sevier County all the way to Mountain City.  To be sure I had everything straight in my head, I checked […]

Solway Veterans Memorial announced

Solway Veterans Memorial announced

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The construction of a new Veterans Memorial was announced Thursday morning at the Solway Baptist Church and the long-sought project had taken the efforts of many people, organizations and businesses. The Solway Veterans Memorial will consist of a wall with all six military emblems emblazed on it. When the […]

Together again, but in bigger roles at Central

Together again, but in bigger roles at Central

By Steve Williams Six years ago, Nick Craney was a budding defensive coach on Bryson Rosser’s first Central team and former McMinn County High quarterback Nathan Simbeck was assisting the Bobcats as a volunteer coach while finishing his undergraduate studies at UT. Simbeck was only at Central that 2014 season, returning home to coach quarterbacks […]

The Knoxville Focus for July 27, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 27, 2020

Anne Crais is Good Neighbor of the Year By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year for 2020 is Anne Crais, secretary of Wesley Neighborhood Community Association. The announcement was made during an Office of Neighborhoods Recognition Dinner Thursday. Normally the honors are presented in the city’s annual Neighborhood […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, XIII

Odds & Ends of This & That, XIII

By Steve Hunley Déjà vu All Over Again There is a move by the Charter Review Committee to once again place a referendum on the ballot to make the law director’s office appointed, rather than elected.  That reminds me of the last attempt some ten years ago, which was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls.  If […]

Farragut 5G Controversy Continues

Farragut 5G Controversy Continues

By Focus Staff Most people in Knox County have no idea of a Tennessee law (HB 2279) that was passed in 2018 that allows cell phone companies to install a 40-foot tall cell tower with multiple cell antennas in the front yard of every person in the state of Tennessee. This law was written by […]

President Lyndon Johnson Comes to Knoxville

President Lyndon Johnson Comes to Knoxville

The 1964 Senate Races In Tennessee  By Ray Hill Lyndon Baines Johnson was a remarkably able politician.  The intricacies of Johnson’s complicated personality have likely best been examined in Robert Caro’s splendid multi-volume biography of Johnson.  Much of Johnson’s legacy has been obscured and earned him scorn due to one part of that same legacy: […]

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