Odds & Ends of This & That, X

Odds & Ends of This & That, X

By Steve Hunley Reviving Gov. Lee’s ESSA Plan? In May of this year, a Nashville judge ruled Governor Bill Lee’s educational savings account legislation, approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, unconstitutional.  A collective “hurrah” went up from teachers’ unions, but the celebration might have been somewhat premature. Last week, the U. S. Supreme Court has […]

Knox County Museum of Education needs your help

Knox County Museum of Education needs your help

By Mike Steely Senior Writer steelym@knoxfocus.com If you are a graduate of any Knox County school you may be interested in the Knox County Museum of Education, next to Old South High School. The volunteer-operated, non-profit museum has just about everything, from high schools annuals to letter sweaters, from current and former county schools. Until […]

Tennessee making it possible for more families to receive COVID-19 assistance

  The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is giving more families an opportunity to apply for a program that’s already provided valuable financial assistance to thousands across the state who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS has extended that deadline to apply for Emergency Cash Assistance until Saturday, August 29, 2020. This change […]

Circuit court clerk requests $1.5 million loan from rainy-day fund

Knox County Circuit Court Clerk Charlie Susano requested a $1.5 million loan his office could draw down as needed to help offset lost revenue and cover expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The request is expected to be on the Knox County Commission agenda in July. If approved, between this request and the […]

Gov. Lee Announces Law Enforcement Reform Partnership

Joint effort to address use of force, duty to intervene policies across agencies   Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee […]