The Chalkboard for April 11, 2016

By Sally Absher Kindergarten Round-up Tuesday, April 12 Kindergarten Round-up (registration/application) will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at all Knox County Elementary schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents receive important enrollment information about the upcoming school year. Children should be five years old by August 15, 2016, to enter […]

More Board of Education News from April

By Sally Absher Despite the unanimous approval of Buzz Thomas as interim Superintendent, several other agenda items were less successful. Once again, Board members Patti Bounds and Amber Rountree were leaders in advocating for students and teachers in Knox County. On the agenda was a proposal for a contract for KCS to participate in the […]

Life’s Extras

By Rosie Moore Archibald Rutledge, an American poet and educator, once wrote: “I once had a curious experience with a star. I was on the path to my farm at dusk when I was overtaken by a violent storm. The rain came down into howling darkness, the thunder and lightening were appalling. A bolt struck […]

The lost arts of handwriting and spelling

By Joe Rector The chasm between baby-boomers and younger generations grows with each passing day. Our lives are influenced by different things, and we have a different take on what’s important for daily communications. I’m not sure what strikes younger folks fancies, but I can vouch for a couple of areas that we oldsters think […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Last week I saw the first lightning bugs of the season; no April fooling! As most of you know I’m a Science Fiction buff, and have wondered what an alien might think on first encountering these marvels of nature which we too often take for granted. Paradoxically, the name “lightning” bug […]

Legal and Public Notices for April 11, 2016

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 September 6, 2013, executed by Jamie L Bridges, conveying certain real property therein described to Andrew C Rambo, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of […]

The Orange and White “Festival”

By Alex Norman On Saturday Tennessee will hold its annual Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.  Tickets are free!   On campus parking is available!  You can boo Steve Spurrier!  Peyton Manning might show up!  The weather is forecasted to be great! The one thing this weekend will not feature is a competitive football game.  […]

Humane Society Asks Knoxville to Dine for Cause

Humane Society Asks Knoxville to Dine for Cause

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV) invites animal lovers and diners alike to join them on Tuesday, April 19 at Knoxville’s best spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks to benefit homeless animals in the community.  When diners eat at one of over 20 participating restaurants, 15% of their meal purchase will go […]

Heiskell Elementary Class Reunion this Saturday

The Heiskell Elementary School Class Reunion (all classes) will be on Saturday, April 16, 2016.   The event  will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the former school (now Heiskell United Methodist Church), at 9420 Heiskell Road in Heiskell.  Bring your photos and memories.  For more information call Bobbie Kennedy-Jones at (865) 256-1283.

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for April 11, 2016

Buzz Thomas Appointed Interim Superintendent By Sally Absher Last week the Board of Education approved Oliver “Buzz” Thomas to be the Interim Superintendent of Knox County Schools. Thomas currently serves as President of Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit organization best known for expanding the Community Schools Initiative begun at Pond Gap Elementary by UT’s […]

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