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Lynne Fugate Loses It at School Board Public Forum

By Sally Absher Last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting was, for the most part, a somber and subdued affair, but things got lively quickly immediately following Public Forum. Former board…

Elimination of SAT-10 Survives Board of Education Review

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com There was a somber overtone at last Wednesday’s regular Board of Education meeting. It was just one day after the tragic collision between school buses from…

The 1930 Senate Race: Cordell Hull Comes To the Senate

The 1930 Senate Race: Cordell Hull Comes To the Senate

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull had served in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1906, with one brief two-year interlude, when he announced he would be a candidate for…

What’s in a Name?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We don’t answer our landline (phone) very much these days because it’s usually telemarketers or, most recently, political messages.  For Becky and me our iPhones have…

Knox County School’s Reading Problem

By Sally Absher Back in September, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett made the news by saying that he wanted information connected to a school system reading program he helped establish…

Changing Perspective

By Joe Rector Over the last year, I’ve gone through some changes in life. No, all haven’t been welcome, but each has caused me to take a look at things…

Christmas Movies

By Rosie Moore There are very few people who do not watch the same movies year after year at the same season–Christmas time. Out of habit or simply for the…

Publisher’s Position: Doug ‘High Tax’ Harris, The Spinman

Publisher’s Position: Doug ‘High Tax’ Harris, The Spinman

By Steve Hunley If the WBIR Inside Tennessee segment that aired on November 23 is any indication, the school system could save a lot of money by eliminating their entire…

In This Corner… Senator McKellar Slaps Publisher

In This Corner… Senator McKellar Slaps Publisher

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, was well known for having a volatile temper and had won a well-deserved reputation as a feudist.  It was…

Honoring our veterans and giving thanks

Honoring our veterans and giving thanks

It was a beautiful sight—the entrance lined with American flags blowing in a crisp November breeze.  We followed the flags to the event:  the University General Dentists’ (UGD) 5th Annual…