Online Privacy at Work

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Effective on January 1st of this year is the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 (“EOPA”).  The complete act may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 50-1-1001 through 1004.  Among other things, the EOPA governs what an employer may do with respect to applicants’ and employees’ personal online […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 16, 2015

Carson Dailey kicks off campaign for County Commission By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Carson Dailey, a South Knox County leader and vice chairman of the Board of Zoning and Appeals, kicked off his campaign for the District 9 County Commission seat Thursday evening at the Candora Marble Works in Vestal.  Attending were current 9th District Commissioner […]

2015 Graduation Rates, ACT Scores for Knox County

By Sally Absher The banner at the top of the Knox County Schools website proclaims “Tennessee State Report Card Reveals Knox County Schools Achieves 90% High School Graduation Rate.” Admittedly, that is an improvement over the KCS graduation of 79.3% in 2008, and the graduation rate has been creeping up for the past three years […]

Angelic Ministries serves families in need

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Tuesdays and Wednesdays are busy in the old building. On each of those days, 25 or so families file in to receive everything from diapers and canned food to clothing, dishes, and just about anything it takes to set up a household. Those attending include grandparents, parents, children and other family […]

Thetus W. Sims of Tennessee

By Ray Hill For twenty-four years, Thetus W. Sims served West Tennessee as a member of Congress. Now almost entirely forgotten, he is a figure from a distant past. In fact, before his career was over, Sims was already becoming an antiquated figure, which helped to usher him out of office. Sims had been superintendent […]

CAK rolls 48-19, but Alcoa stands in Warriors’ way

By Steve Williams Christian Academy of Knoxville has earned another shot at Alcoa. The Warriors rolled to a 48-19 win at Elizabethton in TSSAA second-round playoff action Friday night and will meet the Tornadoes again this week in Alcoa. “It was a great win for our program, beating a good Elizabethton team,” said CAK head […]

Rain can’t dampen enthusiasm at ribbon cutting

By Ken Lay A little rain couldn’t dampen the festivities at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Emerald Youth Foundation Sansom Sports Complex. The facility has been open since April and has already hosted the KIL Girls Soccer Jamboree, Eric Berry’s annual youth football camp and is home to the Knoxville Force and Lady Force […]

School Board Rejects Non-Renewal Policy Revisions

By Sally Absher After deferring it for several months, the KCS Board of Education spent considerable time during both their work session and regular monthly meeting last week discussing revisions to Policy GBG, “Non-Tenure,” only to reject the first reading of revisions proposed by the Law Department and further revised by Board Chairman Doug Harris. […]

Controversial Reform Group The New Teacher Project Exposed at Board Meeting

By Sally Absher The “Approval of a Services Agreement with The New Teacher Project Inc. (TNTP) to perform a literacy diagnostic at West Hills Elementary School at no cost to KCS” listed on Wednesday’s consent agenda generated some interesting discussion at last week’s Board meetings.  Dr. McIntyre almost snuck it past the school board, but […]

The Chalk Board: November 6, 2015

By Sally Absher TN Ready Testing on an Empty Stomach? Last week local high schools began Part 1 of the New Improved TN Ready standardized end of course assessments for fall semester classes (despite it being about a month and a half from the end of the course). The tests, which are conducted online, require […]