By Ralphine Major As their two-week old baby was wheeled away to surgery, his parents pondered all that had happened.  In a span of thirty minutes, Rachael and Drew Cope were told that their baby had a blockage, he was being prepped for surgery, and the results of the genetic testing showed he had a […]

High-flying Bowden will make an exciting landing somewhere

By Steve Williams I’ve been covering high school basketball in the Knoxville area for over 40 years, and Carter High School’s Jordan Bowden is one of the most exciting players I’ve seen play the game. Bowden is a 6-4 senior who is listed on the 2014-15 Runnin Hornets roster as a SG/PG. That’s shooting guard/point […]

Public and Legal Notices for March 9, 2015

75 FORECLOSURES NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated November 21, 2003, executed by ROBERT N. BUCKNER AND TINA M. BUCKNER, conveying certain real property therein described to EVERGREEN TITLE AND ESCROW, as Trustee, as same appears of […]

Bearden Plays in the State Tournament Run

By Alex Norman For only the third time in program history, the Bearden Lady Bulldogs were playing in the state tournament. And they were doing all they could to make the most of the opportunity. Bearden played in the first game of the entire tournament in Murfreesboro against Dickson County on the morning of Wednesday, […]

Tennessee’s Promise: Holding Public Schools Accountable

By Steve Hunley Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga has introduced a remarkable bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Gardenhire bill refers to Governor Haslam’s promise to pay for two years of college; Gardenhire proposes that those students who have to take remedial courses, the school system graduating the remedial student has to pay the […]

Marc Tucker Lectures TN Lawmakers

By Sally Absher Last year Christel Lane Swasey, writing at whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com, did a series on the Top Ten Scariest People in Education Reform. Marc Tucker weighed in at #3. Who is Marc Tucker? Well for starters, he is known as the “architect of Common Core.” And last month, Rep. Harry Brooks invited him to speak […]

Celebrating Small Accomplishments

By Sally Absher Last week’s Board of Education meetings brought a bit of good news for teachers, staff, and advocates of strong public schools in Knox County. For KCS teachers and classified staff, the Board unanimously approved the first reading of Board Policy GBRHB, Sick Leave; and Policy GCRG, Leaves and Absences of Classified Personnel. […]

Focus on the Law: Habeas Corpus

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Latin phrase “habeas corpus” roughly translates “you shall have the body.”  The phrase is tossed around on television in newsmagazines, legal reality shows and fictional courtroom dramas.  What is a writ of habeas corpus and who needs one? Habeas corpus dates back to the Magna Carta in England […]

A Natal Star

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A new star has appeared in the heavens, and nothing will be the same for us again. Astrology is a pseudoscience which believes the orientation of heavenly bodies when we’re born determines our character and personality.  I’m a scientist and I don’t believe in astrology.  However, seeing Josie, my newborn granddaughter, […]

Knoxville Focus for March 9, 2015

Game On Against Cancer By Garrett Strand The fourth annual “Game On Against Cancer” benefit was held Friday at Games & Things with all the money raised going to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. The event featured games, food, music, a silent auction and a big screen theater room to watch the Lady Vols game […]