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The Knoxville Focus--Publisher's Position for 5/23/21

by STEVE HUNLEY


The Sentinel Squalls

The Knoxville News-Sentinel has launched a series of print attacks against The Knoxville Focus. The reason is because the Knox County Commission is considering a resolution they feel threatens their near-monopoly on the county’s legal notice business. To put that into perspective, you’d need to know for decades, daily newspapers had legislated prospective competition out of the legal notice business. The first attack was launched by Jesse Fox Mayshark, who publishes the web publication The Compass. Mayshark is a former employee of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as was Mayshark’s partner Scott Barker. Mayshark worked in the administration of former Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and I think it