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 […]

Veterans Day in America

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is a day set aside to honor America’s veterans.  Veterans Day 2015 will be celebrated with parades, holiday sales, and many restaurants offering free meals for veterans.  It is touching to see children hugging parents returning from service and heart wrenching to see families mourning those who sacrificed all.  Yet, […]

Awfulizing

By Joe Rector Walt Whitman, one of my favorite poets, said, “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” I can only wish following that advice has been easy, but the opposite is true. It’s the way I’m turned. Heredity probably has much to do with it as well. Whatever the cause, too often my view […]

Remedial Work – Oct. 24, 2011

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available online at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift     My patient was deathly sick […]

Legal and Public Notices for Monday, November 9, 2015

  NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Suzanne M. Beeler and Brian K. Beeler executed a Deed of Trust to SunTrust Bank, Lender and Jovetta Woodard and Patricia Robinson, Trustee(s), which was dated August 4, 2006 and recorded on August 25, 2006 in Instrument No. 200608250017776, and subsequently modified by […]

The Knoxville Focus for November 9, 2015

Wright, McMillan Kick Off Campaigns By David Klein Local residents had nothing but high praise for District 8 Knox County Commission Chairman Dave Wright and District 8 School Board Representative Mike McMillan’s efforts in getting a Gibbs Middle School approved during a joint campaign kick off for the duo’s reelections last week. Dale Hall praised […]

Publisher’s Position: Fred Thompson, Tennessean

By Steve Hunley The passing of former U. S. senator Fred Dalton Thompson last week was a sad day for Tennesseans. Few people have accomplished as much in a single lifetime as Fred Thompson – – – lawyer, actor, and politician.  Senator Lamar Alexander referred to Thompson’s “pizzazz,” but the former senator had something far […]

Tennessee And FDR’s Court Packing Plan, I I

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming off his greatest reelection campaign, had announced he was submitting legislation to Congress to expand the United State Supreme Court.  Roosevelt’s proposal was widely and bitterly attacked in much of the press and despite huge Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, many Democrats were openly opposed to […]

Prep Football Wrap Up: Irishmen ‘ready and excited’ for another shot at Fulton

By Steve Williams It didn’t take Joe Healy long to start thinking about playing Fulton in second-round playoff action. Catholic High’s junior defensive end can hardly wait. “We’re ready and real excited,” said Healy, still on the field at Seymour after the Irishmen posted an impressive 50-7 first-round win over the Eagles in Class 4A. […]