By Dr. Jim Ferguson Americans have trouble understanding the generational hatred that exists in the Middle East.  It is obvious that our leaders are confounded by this enmity as well.  John Kerry asked the “terrorist organization” Hamas “to be reasonable,” while Nancy Pelosi maintains that Hamas, which controls Gaza and rains rockets on Israel, is […]

Time for Another “F” in Truth of Advertising?

By Sally Absher On July 30, Knox County Schools issued a press release pertaining to the district academic achievement results for the 2013-14 school year reported by the Tennessee Department of Education. The data includes aggregate grade 3-8 scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End of Course (EOC) exams for school systems […]

Tony Norman Schools Commission on Recent School Board Actions

By Sally Absher After attending the July 2 BOE meeting during which Dr. McIntyre’s appeal of KCS teacher Richard Suttles’ tenure reinstatement was unanimously rejected by the Board, Commissioner Tony Norman placed a discussion item on the Agenda for the July 28 County Commission meeting. Norman said “This saga began three years ago…this has been […]

Focus on the Law: Surviving your day in court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are suing someone, being sued or are just a witness in a case, going to court can be a stressful experience.  There are many things you can do to be better prepared and reduce your chance of having unpleasant surprises on your court date.  First of all, […]

A Tale of Two Meetings

By Sally Absher One cool summer evening last week, two community meetings were held on opposite sides of town to gather public input on the Draft KCS 2020 Strategic Plan. One was a meeting hosted by District 5 BOE Representative Karen Carson at West Valley Middle School. The other was a meeting hosted by Students, […]

College football must be careful to not abuse autonomy

By Steve Williams We’ve seen a lot of change in collegiate sports, particularly football, over the past 20 years or so. Some of the change has been good. I wish some of it had never happened. A thumbs up for recent advancement in dealing with concussions and rule changes to take dangerous contact out of […]

Knoxville Focus for August 4, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Daniel looks to make changes if elected By Ken Lay Martin Daniel is looking to make changes and give the government back to the people. He’s a self-proclaimed defender of the Constitution and a champion for small business. Daniel, who is challenging Steve Hall for the 18th District […]

Publisher’s Position: The Superintendent of Oz

By Steve Hunley “There’s some extraordinary learning going on out there!” That has been a constant cry from Knox County superintendent of schools James McIntyre during his tenure in office.  Last week some 12 superintendents issued a press release they would be meeting at Pellissippi State, yet the meeting was abruptly cancelled just a couple […]

Former Titan’s Player Jovan Haye Advocates for Dyslexia

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com What do Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, Henry Winkler, Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Walt Disney, Nolan Ryan, Greg Louganis, Jay Leno, and Agatha Christie have in common? They all have dyslexia, but grew up to be very successful. And if you are a NFL football […]

Tennessee in Congress: 1939

By Ray Hill   Tennessee has been quite fortunate in oftentimes having an excellent Congressional delegation.  The landscape and economic condition of Tennessee would be much different had it not been for the ability of some of our Congressional delegation to secure projects for our state and keep them flourishing. 1939 was a difficult year […]