Sadly, COVID-19 puts holiday helpers on the sidelines

Sadly, COVID-19 puts holiday helpers on the sidelines

  By Steve Williams Local high school teams and student-athletes were ready and eager to help during the holidays this year like they normally do, but with the pandemic, this hasn’t been a normal year. Therefore, their community service wasn’t needed as some annual holiday events were canceled or they were not allowed to assist […]

Mayor Jacobs to Share Holiday Message

County Offices Closed Thursday, Friday   Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs plans to share a holiday message at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25. The message will be posted Mayor and County’s social media accounts.   Please note, COVID-19 testing at the Knox County Health Department will close at noon today (Wednesday, Dec. 23) and the […]

The Knoxville Focus for December 21, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for December 21, 2020

Christmas Community Day serves 128 families First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike, hosted its 13th Christmas Community Day (CCD) event on Sunday, December 6. The event served 128 families, a total of 607 individuals from Loudon, Knox, Roane, Monroe and Sevier counties. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event took place outside the church […]

Reparations and Corporate Welfare?

Reparations and Corporate Welfare?

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville City Council may very well have taken the first step to raising taxes next year.  There were two actions in particular that can be considered big ticket items approved by the city council. Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie put her city council colleagues on the spot and they all dutifully voted […]

Defense leads ‘Dawgs’ to great start

Defense leads ‘Dawgs’ to great start

By Steve Williams Bearden High’s boys basketball team had a 10-1 record when it found out athletics would be shut down by the Knox County School system the week before winter break. The layoff, which included games and practice, prevented the Bulldogs from making a trip to Middle Tennessee during the holidays (Dec. 17-19) and […]

Defensive players and kicking specialists are strong

Defensive players and kicking specialists are strong

By Steve Williams The Focus / Coaches’ 2020 All-Knox County first-team defense carries a lot of clout. Player of the Year Kalib Fortner heads it up from his outside linebacker position. Farragut Coach Eddie Courtney said he did not see all of the Knox County teams in action this season, but “I did see the […]