3:27 am 2014
Updated 10/18/2014 at 4:30 pm est – Our ongoing environmental investigative reporting takes the reader to McWherter Park. Located in the City of Knoxville. Yesterday night we highlighted some of photos that appear to show the need for attention. We have communicated the issues and the issues are in the reviewing process at this time. I can confirm that the city will be cleaning the lights soon! More news as it develops. If you see a situation that might need city services, please call 311. Read More...
3:08 pm 2014
October 15th is World Dyslexia Day and local officials are “Redeeming Red” in support of the nearly 20% of the population affected by this common learning disability. Read More...
9:32 am 2014
In continuing the ongoing research into Second Creek, a closer look has been taken at the board that is suppose to to be working on greenway issues. According to the city’s greenway commission website http://www.cityofknoxville.org/boards/greenways.asp two members are from the University of Tennessee. However, as revealed in a previous article written by the Focus, the city has been maintaining University property and responsibility for years. Also, it should be noted that it appears the commission has no member from the Knox County Sheriff Office, on that board. However, it is that organization which performs thousands of hours of cleaning services of the city’s greenways. It should also be noted that the current director of the prison inmate program spent eight years in the City of Knoxville Storm Engineering Department. Which really shows how deeply and personally Sheriff Jones, cares about and is committed to the environment. Also, with so much data and so much work that needs to be done, this committee only meets once every two months. Finally, at this time it appears no minutes to these board meetings can be found online. Read More...
11:16 am 2014
What began as a conversation about how journalists live off press releases and have short attention spans, has become an epic project in how good journalism and good government interaction can make a difference. For the past week this reporter has embarked on a journey in an attempt to clean the polluted “Second Creek” waterway . Here is my story… Read More...
9:56 am 2014
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s ‘Knox Cash Mob’ is gearing up for another visit to a longtime local business in our community. Read More...
9:56 am 2014
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. will host the Duncan Family Barbecue on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Entertainment will be provided by country music legend and Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie, American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur, the 200-voice Crown College Choir and the David West Bluegrass Band. Read More...
9:52 am 2014
Join Rose Klix for a workshop on the practical considerations of poetry competitions
Join award winning poet, Rose Klix, for a workshop on poetry competitions at the Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road, on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m. In this one-hour program, Rose will present her experiences entering competitions and as a judge of contests. Her handout will outline her judging criteria for individual poems as well as poetry collections. Because the Poetry Society of Tennessee and the Poetry Society of Tennessee – Northeast Chapter are affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), Rose will share websites and information on poetry contests in Tennessee as well as nationally. At the end of the presentation, she welcomes a question and answer time. Read More...