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Legal and Public Notices for 07/07/14

WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated December 23, 1998, executed by JACQUELINE N. PELLICER, conveying certain real…

July 4th Polemic and Hope

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   My daughter is an English teacher, and writer. She recently commented that I am prolific.  I do seem to have a lot to say, perhaps…

A Day Away: The Real ‘Walton’s Mountain’

By Mike Steely If you are a fan of The Waltons you may know that Ralph Waite, who played the father in the beloved series, died this past February at…

Saturdays back then

By Joe Rector A couple of weeks ago, I visited a friend on Saturday morning. After a good visit, I hopped into my car and felt as if I’d just…

Lovely Lois

By Ralphine Major She is a lady of many talents.  Focus readers first met her in “What’s in the Bag?” on 12-23-13.  The little blue and white teddy bear my…

Rosie’s World: SOME SUNDRY THOUGHTS

SOME SUNDRY  THOUGHTS   “Blow me a kiss from across the room. Say I look nice when I’m not. Touch my hair as you pass my chair, Little things mean…

School Board Puts 2020 Strategic Plan on Fast Track

By Sally Absher The planning was extensive and high level. Fifth District BOE member Karen Carson listed the numerous public opportunities to talk about where KCS should go in 2020…

Board of Education Won’t Budge on Policy Limiting Access to Public Forum

By Sally Absher On Monday, the Board of Education spent over 40 minutes debating the dubious merits of Board Policy BCBI, “Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board.” The policy…

Knoxville Focus for July 7, 2014

Knoxville Focus for July 7, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 3: Teacher Evaluations By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com Some say it is just bringing transparency and accountability to the teaching…

Publisher’s Position: McIntyre and the Politics of Schools

Publisher’s Position: McIntyre and the Politics of Schools

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education last week dealt Superintendent Jim McIntyre his first solid rebuff when it refused to approve his firing of a Knox County…