Paradoxes

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A simple definition of a paradox is a contradiction. I’ve been thinking about this during what is paradoxically called Spring Break. It may be a break for students and perhaps for teachers and parents, but it is not a break for these grandparents. The term is a contradiction for Becky and […]

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

By Rosie Moore When my children were youngsters in elementary school, they would hurry home to watch TV. They didn’t watch  Lost In Space, The Twilight Zone, Hogan’s Heroes, or Gunsmoke. They watched a program for children narrated by a laid-back, soft-spoken Pennsylvanian named Fred Rogers. His episodes would always start the same way. He […]

Music is Vital

By Joe Rector I went to visit Farragut High School on Thursday afternoon a couple of weeks ago for a concert band festival. My brother Jim, who is helping the band in Lenoir City, asked me to drop by so the kids could see his twin. A prior engagement prevented me from staying to listen […]

The Chalk Board for March 21, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s Budget Time for the Board of Education The Knox County Board of Education will hold its mid-month work session on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 pm in the Boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building (912  Gay Street). This month’s mid-month meeting will focus on discussion of the […]

Don’t look, don’t tell

By Sally Absher That is the directive on the TNReady test. Teachers are forbidden to look at or talk about the tests. And parents are certainly not allowed to see the tests! You just have to trust that everything lines up with the standards and the curriculum, the way the folks at the State (and […]

Democrats select delegates

Democrats select delegates

By Mike Steely Delegates from the 2nd Congressional District’s Democratic Party met recently to select five members to attend their national convention this year in Philadelphia, Pa. Both the campaigns of Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were present and divided into the two groups to each select their delegates. National Committeeman Bill Owen […]

The Knoxville Focus for March 21, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for March 21, 2016

‘Toughness’ pulls Fulton through in state opener By Steve Williams Jody Wright had a lot to fuss about after Fulton’s opening game in the TSSAA Class AA state basketball tournament, but he summed up in two words the most positive thing he would take away from his team’s struggle to get past Chattanooga Central. “Our […]

The Coming Supreme Court Fight

The Coming Supreme Court Fight

By Steve Hunley The national media is already doing all it can to buck up President Barak Obama in the pending battle to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Republicans are being heckled and attacked because of their obvious reluctance to approve Obama’s nomination. We’re hearing a lot about […]

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, Part I

The 1932 Governor’s Race In Tennessee, Part I

By Ray Hill In 1932, Henry Horton was still governor of Tennessee.  He was eligible to seek reelection to another two-year term, but with the collapse of Caldwell and Company just after the 1930 election, Horton had barely survived being impeached.  Although he did survive, Henry Horton was a broken man, personally and politically.  Horton […]

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings

By Ralphine Major Mother Nature is putting on a show!  She is covering winter’s drab canvas by weaving a tapestry of beauty.  Only days from the official start of spring, the earth is bursting forth with new life and new growth.  Driving down the highway, we seemed to be surrounded by vibrant green fields, yellow […]

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