House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

By Sally Absher Last week the House voted to renew the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, with Republican leadership narrowly defeating the wishes of both conservative members of their own party, and all Democrats. HB 5, the Student Success Act, passed on a vote of 218-213. The 2002 NCLB law expired in […]

The Chalk Board: July 13, 2015

By Sally Absher Students Lack Volunteer Hours for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program.  Only one in four students planning to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program has completed the volunteer work needed to remain eligible. If the students don’t complete and submit their hours by August 1, they will no longer be eligible for […]

Vaccine Injury Compensation

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Back in the early 1980s, there were many reports of serious side effects from the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine. Many lawsuits were filed against the vaccine companies, doctors and nurses for injuries allegedly caused by the vaccine. In response to this litigation, some vaccine companies stopped producing vaccines […]

Knoxville Focus for July 13, 2015

South Waterfront Park begins By Mike Steely The ground was broken for the Suttree Landing Park Tuesday for what will eventually be part of a 3-mile long River Walk, stretching along the south side of the Tennessee River. The River Walk will connect the City View development and the former Baptist Hospital to the […]

Lower sign height passes first reading

By Mike Steely When is a compromise not a compromise? When it gets a split vote — which is what happened during the Knoxville City Council meeting Tuesday when the new sign ordinance finally came up for discussion. After four years of work by a special Sign Task Force, numerous public hearings, and a […]

Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell of Crossville

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, John Ridley Mitchell was a member of Congress for eight years and twice a viable candidate for statewide office in Tennessee. J. Ridley Mitchell was a formidable politician and a wily practitioner of the art of politics. Albert Gore, Sr., who succeeded Mitchell in Congress, once described […]

Karns Little Leaguers finish strong to win District 6

  By Steve Williams Karns stumbled out of the starting gate in this year’s District 6 Little League tournament, but roared across the finish line. Coach Ron Eller’s All-Star team (12-year-old division) completed its trip through the losers’ bracket with a convincing 13-3 win over Maryville Black in Thursday night’s championship game. Karns had dropped […]

Neighborhoods in Action

  By Mike Steely   Parkridge hears streetscape ideas The Parkridge neighborhood heard from Leslie Fawaz of the East Tennessee Design Center last week about a proposed Washington Avenue-Parkridge Streetscape. Fawaz said that improvements could include new murals, painted crosswalks, landscaping, larger sidewalks and building façade changes. “This is just a concept, just a […]

Pink Panthers come together for City championship

By Steve Williams A joint effort by two recreation commissions – Holston-Chilhowee and Carter – made it possible for a group of 12-and-under girls to have a softball team this summer. And what a team it turned out to be! The Holston-Chilhowee Pink Panthers won the City 12U girls softball championship. “Our team was made […]

Commission looks at school fund requests

By Mike Steely The Knox County Commission meets in a work session next Monday, July 20, at 5 p.m. in the City-County Building and will consider several requests from the school system including leasing 14 vehicles for Drivers Education. The 36-month lease, with Acme Auto Leasing LLC, will cost $67,134.48 for each 12-month period, or […]