POLL: Knox Countians Don’t Believe McIntyre’s Contract Should Have Been Extended

POLL: Knox Countians Don’t Believe McIntyre’s Contract Should Have Been Extended

(Click here to view the full poll results.) By Focus Staff Almost two thirds of Knox County voters don’t believe the Board of Education should have extended Superintendent James McIntyre’s contract.  Likely voters were asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the Knox County School board’s decision this week, by an 8-1 vote, to extend […]

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

By Steve Hunley I think the thing I like least in any human being is hypocrisy. I don’t doubt for a moment my attitude is uncommon. It seems to me most people really dislike hypocrisy, especially in our public officials. It is increasingly apparent that there is a huge double standard in our media in […]

McIntyre contract extended, promises to listen to teachers

McIntyre contract extended, promises to listen to teachers

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com By an 8-1 vote, the Knox County School Board voted last Monday to extend Superintendent James McIntyre’s contract for another year, despite objections from some teachers and parents. Forty-five speakers addressed the packed house; many county and county officials and some citizens and teachers praised the superintendent and some teachers and […]

Perfect season gives Fulton claim to best-ever distinction

Perfect season gives Fulton claim to best-ever distinction

By Steve Williams To lay claim to being Knoxville’s best high school football team since the playoff era began in 1969, Fulton would have to go undefeated. “I think so,” said Rob Black, Falcons’ head coach, after his team wrapped up a practice session in UT’s indoor facility on Thursday night, Dec. 5, less than […]

UT McClung Museum Hosts Free Stroller Tour Dec. 16

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will offer a free stroller tour celebrating winter and the holidays on Monday, Dec. 16.   Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a winter-themed tour of the museum’s decorative arts […]

Historic Rugby offering Victorian Christmas tomorrow

Event features traditional holiday carolers, decorations, fare and period dress   Each year, the historic settlement of Rugby comes alive with Christmas spirit and celebrates the holidays as if it were still 1880, the year the town was settled. The living village will bustle with children’s activities, caroling, craft demonstrations, holiday shopping and much more […]

Trainor's Meltdown, Monday's School Board Meeting

By Steve Hunley Despite assurances by Superintendent Jim McIntyre and every member of the Knox County Board of Education that they are “listening,” they steamrollered teachers and others who felt it was inappropriate to extend McIntyre’s contract for yet another year.  Tennessee State law allows a Board of Education to extend a superintendent’s contract for […]

The Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K to Feed Hungry this week

After throwing a wildly successful 5k to support Food for Kids for the same minds have come together to throw a 5k with a Christmas twist: The Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k.   In July 156 Runners packed into Bearden Beer Market for the summer’s “Will Run for Food 5k”, and now the same organizations are […]