Focus for Monday, December 9

Focus for Monday, December 9

Click here to view the entire Focus online. McIntyre contract under review today By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com Knox County teachers and their supporters are not letting up trying to challenge current teaching methods, evaluations, presentations, pay, representation, the central office and, more specifically, Superintendent James McIntyre. The very verbal assault could come to a head […]

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

By Steve Hunley Teachers, parents and students turned out in force at the most recent meeting of the Knox County Board of Education. For months The Knoxville Focus has been telling readers about the ties between Superintendent James McIntyre, the do-nothing Chamber of Commerce and local news media outlets. Evidently, WBIR-TV news reporters had done […]

POLL: Most Knox Countians Didn’t Know About McIntyre’s Lack of Experience

POLL: Most Knox Countians Didn’t Know About McIntyre’s Lack of Experience

By Focus Staff This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “Were you aware that Knox County Superintendent of Schools has only one year of classroom teaching experience?” The response was a resounding “no” with more than 72% of respondents saying they had no idea Dr. McIntyre had so little teaching experience. That answer carried […]

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Senator Albert Gore was campaigning hard for a fourth term in 1970. Gore had fended off a determined challenge in the Democratic primary from Governor Buford Ellington’s former press secretary, Hudley Crockett. Senator Gore’s opposition to the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon had made him a target in the 1970 elections […]

Webb takes Division II Class A Title

Webb takes Division II Class A Title

By Alex Norman David Meske has been the head coach at Webb School for the past 29 years. On Thursday, December 5th, Meske added to his impressive resume. Webb beat St. George’s Independent School 28-14 to win the Division II Class A championship.  It is the sixth state championship for Meske and the seventh in […]

A look at McIntyre’s evaluation

A look at McIntyre’s evaluation

By Mike Steely Steelym@knoxfocus.com In a narrative evaluation of Dr. James McIntyre, Jr., posted this month on the Knox County School Board’s website, it appears the Board is recommending extending his contact, but with some wordage reflecting the turmoil from teachers and parents. Noted in the evaluation is the falling graduation rate, from 90.3 percent […]

Enjoy Holiday Lights by Bicycle

Experience the beautiful holiday lights of downtown, 4th & Gill, and Old North Knoxville by bicycle. The 7th annual Tour de Lights, hosted by the City of Knoxville and the TPO Bicycle Program and presented by Downtown Knoxville, will leave from the north end of Market Square on Thursday, December 12th at 7 p.m. Participants […]

ET PBS to screen Community Cinema series tonight

Community Cinema series addresses immigration reform   What: Free preview screening of The State of Arizona, followed by a moderated panel discussion about immigration reform as it affects our community and nation.   When: Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m.   Where: East Tennessee PBS studio, located at 1611 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917   […]

WIVK CHRISTMAS PARADE BRINGS HOLIDAYS DOWNTOWN FRIDAY

Santa Claus is coming to town – along with floats, marching bands and all kinds of family entertainment on Friday, Dec. 6th, during the WIVK Christmas Parade sponsored by Advanced Office Systems.   The annual parade, a highlight of the Christmas in the City calendar, will step off at 6:45 p.m. on westbound Howard Baker […]