The Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for July 6, 2020

Knox Health Board mandates masks By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Wednesday’s meeting of the Knox County Board of Health saw masks being required in most indoor businesses to flatten the surge of COVID-19 but the effort saw some resistance. The board’s involvement goes back to orders issued by Dr. Martha Buchanan in March instituting […]

Odds & Ends of This & That, X

Odds & Ends of This & That, X

By Steve Hunley Reviving Gov. Lee’s ESSA Plan? In May of this year, a Nashville judge ruled Governor Bill Lee’s educational savings account legislation, approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, unconstitutional.  A collective “hurrah” went up from teachers’ unions, but the celebration might have been somewhat premature. Last week, the U. S. Supreme Court has […]

Knox County Museum of Education needs your help

Knox County Museum of Education needs your help

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are a graduate of any Knox County school you may be interested in the Knox County Museum of Education, next to Old South High School. The volunteer-operated, non-profit museum has just about everything, from high schools annuals to letter sweaters, from current and former county schools. Until […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

The Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2020

$1,500 bonus for deputies in approved Knox budget By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler’s persistence won out Wednesday with a victorious split vote granting a bonus to his deputies. The county commission also passed the amended budget that included the bonus payments during the special session. The sheriff’s department discovered […]

Agreement with UT on use of TVA Tower approved

Agreement with UT on use of TVA Tower approved

  By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com The final lease agreement between Knox County and TVA hasn’t been signed yet but last week the county commission voted to complete a deal with the University of Tennessee to sublet part of the TVA East Tower. The pending deal between the county and TVA calls for a […]

Coaches are divided on where to spend Dead Period

Coaches are divided on where to spend Dead Period

  By Steve Williams Traditionally, The Knoxville Focus likes to check with local head football coaches to see what they will be doing during the annual TSSAA Dead Period before preseason practice really cranks up. For many, it’s a special time of the year to spend with the family. With the coronavirus pandemic, would this […]