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Artificially Inflated Graduation Rates Hide Lack of Readiness for College, Career

By Sally Absher Jani Norman, a retired classroom teacher of 28 years, spoke during last Monday’s BOE Public Forum on the Five Year Strategic Plan and how Knox County Schools…

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com At last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting, 8th District BOE member Mike McMillan asked to call for personal privilege to postpone the vote on the 2020…

Publisher’s Position: Call 911! Board Calls School Emergency

Publisher’s Position: Call 911! Board Calls School Emergency

By Steve Hunley For those who doubted anything published in The Focus about the Knox County Board of Education and Superintendent Jim McIntyre, the meeting last week should have addressed…

The Kees of West Virginia

The Kees of West Virginia

By Ray Hill One of the lesser-known political dynasties in the country was birthed in the hollows and coal fields of West Virginia.  The Kee family dominated the politics of…

Sewing Desk

By Joe Rector My work desk is an antique sewing desk. Its top is more than five feet long with a cut-out section to place a sewing machine. Both sides…

Super Subs: Lynn Miller

By Ralphine Major “We have already recognized the six seniors who started for Gibbs in 1964-65,” former Eagles Coach Bob Dagley said. “Now, I would like to tell you about…

Enmity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Americans have trouble understanding the generational hatred that exists in the Middle East.  It is obvious that our leaders are confounded by this enmity as well. …

Time for Another “F” in Truth of Advertising?

By Sally Absher On July 30, Knox County Schools issued a press release pertaining to the district academic achievement results for the 2013-14 school year reported by the Tennessee Department…

Tony Norman Schools Commission on Recent School Board Actions

By Sally Absher After attending the July 2 BOE meeting during which Dr. McIntyre’s appeal of KCS teacher Richard Suttles’ tenure reinstatement was unanimously rejected by the Board, Commissioner Tony…

Focus on the Law: Surviving your day in court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are suing someone, being sued or are just a witness in a case, going to court can be a stressful experience.  There…