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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…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

By Ray Hill Governor Gordon Browning had unleashed a fierce assault on the Memphis political machine, as well as its leader, E. H. Crump.  Browning proposed to institute a county…

Celebrating 60 Years with the Wheelers

By Ralphine Major The two young people in the picture did not look familiar.  Their smiles spoke volumes, foretelling a lifetime together filled with hopes and dreams.  Sixty years later,…

The Good Shepherd

By Rosie Moore During my 46 years living in Pennsylvania, I once lived in a house across the road from a huge Amish farm. One of my favorite pastimes was…

Oh Law!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I watched my grandson, Oakley, run towards the ocean’s edge I realized he was still a toddler.  His lack of arm swing and twisting torso…

Pulling for Will’s team, the USA and ‘The Coach’

By Steve Williams If local fans of the Tennessee Vols would like an additional college football team to follow and pull for this season, may I suggest Navy. The Midshipmen…

Peyton Manning gives back to Knoxville yet again

By Alex Norman It’s always a special occasion when Peyton Manning, one of the best football players in Tennessee history, returns to Knoxville. Manning was in town last week to…