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The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knox Teachers travel to Nashville to meet with Legislators. A group of local teachers, including Lauren Hopson, Amy Cate, Linda Holtzclaw, Sherry Morgan,…

The National Opt Out Movement Explained

By Sally Absher Parents and teachers are beginning to recognize the negative impact that high-stakes testing has on education. They see the billions of public tax dollars going to Pearson…

Update on the Death Penalty

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law On March 10, 2015 the Utah legislature passed a bill allowing firing squads to carry out the death penalty in the event of a…

Finding a Winning Tradition

By Joe Rector Folks can get their hackles up over a variety of things. Sometimes it’s the result of an argument with friends. Nothing causes tempers to flare quicker than…

Pollen, Viruses and Nanites

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Spring seems tantalizingly close, even though it’s cold and rainy today.  By this time of the year most of us are sick of winter, and any…

One Tennessee. Kind Of.

By Alex Norman At the present time, Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart is one of the most unpopular people in town. Sure, his hiring of Butch…

Super Subs: Gene Cantley (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Gene Allen Cantley, the only sophomore on Bob Dagley’s 1965 Gibbs Eagles’ team, served in the United States Army, E-5, and was stationed in Germany.  It was…

Tennessee missing from the bracket and this year’s March Madness

By Steve Williams The opening day of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament is why they call it March Madness. Thirteen hours of close games, upsets, emotion and controversy. I…

Legislative Update on Education Bills

By Sally Absher With the 109th General Assembly well underway, there is good, bad, and ugly with regard to education bills. First the good: HB0036 (Dunn)/SB0285 (Briggs) removes the requirement…

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