E-911 Radio Contract on hold

By Mike Steely   It’s not quite back to square one for a new radio system for the Knox County Emergency Communications District, but the board has voted to delay a final decision on the proposed $ 9 million contract bid from Harris Corp while more information about joining the Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System […]

Game On Against Cancer Helps Fight Cancer

By David Klein   The Knoxville community comes together again Friday night, March 6, to support cancer patients in their fight against cancer. The fourth annual Game On Against Cancer takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Games and Things on Kingston Pike. The event raises funds for the Thompson Cares program at the […]

Grants, police, parks and playgrounds

By Mike Steely   When the Knoxville City Council meets Tuesday evening it will consider requests from the police department, golf courses, city parks and discuss issuing multi-million dollar bonds.   The police department is asking for an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice for an $82,785 grant for Internet Crimes against Childrenprogram. The […]

Campfield buys another house

  By Mike Steely   In an effort to remove blight, redevelop neighborhoods and provide affordable housing the City of Knoxville offers vacant lots and lots with substandard housing for sale. Individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses can bid on the properties and the Homemaker Program Committee reviews and accepts or rejects the bids.   The […]

Apartments, pay raise and sidewalks before Council

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com   The Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended against it and the Inskip Neighborhood Association is opposed to it but Quint Bourgeois is appealing to City Council Tuesday. He wants to rezone his property on Bruhin road from R-1A back to R-2 in order to build apartments.   The 4-acre site is across […]


The City of Knoxville Police Department and other local sponsors are hosting a collection of unwanted medicines and a used mercury thermometer exchange on Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24.   The event will be offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days during the Healthy Living Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center.   It’s an […]

Thirty apply for MPC Director Eight

By Mike Steely The search for a new Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission took a step last week. December 31st was the deadline for applications and now the selection got to a search committee made up of people chosen by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.   Committee members […]

White House Picks UT to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

KNOXVILLE—President Obama will announce today that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI’s partners.   Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing […]