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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

By Sally Absher Or a third grader? Find out by taking the new online Tennessee social studies practice test! A KCS teacher  emailed us, “In case you haven’t heard, the…

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com SPEAK to host two more showings of Documentary “Standardized.” Do you have questions about standardized testing and its impact on your students, our schools, teachers, and…

Community Schools: Part 1

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com One of Knox County’s best kept secrets is the Community Schools program. As the battle between public schools and the corporations that wish to privatize them…

Trains

By Joe Rector Unlike many people, I’ve never moved far from the place where I grew up. Mother gave us a parcel of land behind her house on which to…

Georgia and Johnny Johnson Celebrate 50 Golden Years!

By Ralphine Major One look at the anniversary invitation unlocked a treasure-trove of memories, taking me back to the time our father’s youngest sister was married. Georgia Major and Johnny…

Rosie’s World

    In Psalms 139: 14 it is noted that David said, “I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my…

Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I love rainy spring days, and still whisper the childhood rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers.” Of course if you’re having a picnic or a…

Want to coach at Tennessee? Here’s your chance!

By Alex Norman If you spend any time listening to local sports talk radio you know that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people out there that could do a…

Hart may not be on Serrano’s side in difficult times

By Steve Williams Dave Hart has a problem. But Dave Serrano has a bigger problem. Serrano, in his fourth season as baseball coach at Tennessee, is in danger of seeing…

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