School Board Votes to Approve Amended Disparities Resolution

By Sally Absher   The draft Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Report and Recommendations were discussed at length during three Board of Education meetings in the past two weeks. Over the past 18 months, the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) task force conducted a comprehensive review of data including: school and district demographics; academic […]

The Chalk Board for June 6, 2016

By Sally Absher   Farewell to Board of Education Student Rep Sydney Gabrielson Sydney Gabrielson ended her tenure as the Student Representative on the Board of Education on June 1. A 2016 graduate of Bearden High School, she served as Editor in Chief of the school annual, vice president of the student body, founder of […]

Thumped by an eight year old

By Joe Rector I took my grandson Madden back home the other day. He’d come to our house during Memorial Day and stayed a while after his parents went back to Nashville and to work. Any time with the boy is pure gold, even if I’m weary by the time he leaves. During this trip […]

A fine evangelist

By Rosie Moore When I was first married many, many years ago, my husband and I would cruise in the car almost every weekend. One time I suggested that I wanted to hear Billy Graham preach. So, on we went. Traveling from Manheim, Pennsylvania to Ocean City, Maryland was quite a trek, but nothing deterred […]

Back to the Future

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I grew up watching Looney Tunes cartoons. Every generation laments their “good ole days,” but the modern version of children’s television is vastly different from the old escapades of Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn. I’m no expert on education, but I’m supposed to pay attention to what my grandson, […]

Baylor… Mississippi State… Who’s Next for Moral Failings?

By Alex Norman If you ever wonder if there will come a day when most of college athletics will be a place in which the adults do the right thing… save your mental energy. That day will never come. The most high profile recent examples come from Waco and Starkville… two cities that aren’t exactly […]

City asks MPC to modernize zoning ordinance

City asks MPC to modernize zoning ordinance

Knoxville’s zoning ordinance hasn’t undergone a thorough review in half a century, and many of the current provisions are so obsolete that they hinder quality sustainable development – but that’s about to change.   Mayor Madeline Rogero proposed that the Metropolitan Planning Commission conduct a complete review and update of the City’s zoning ordinance. At […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for June 6, 2016

Area mayors discuss loss of jail funding By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A meeting of East Tennessee Mayors  Thursday saw a discussion of the loss of state funds for state prisoners being housed in county jail. Maryville’s mayor, Tom Taylor, began the discussion by saying that Blount County’s seven mayors met on the situation last week […]

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

Robert Woods, as William Blount, chats with Alan Sims. Various historical characters appeared at both the “Franklin Day” and “Statehood Day” festivities at James White’s Fort.

The State of Franklin and James White Fort

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com James White, the founder of Knoxville, was at Fort James White Fort recently to commemorate the State of Franklin Day. So were John Sevier, William and Mary Blount, and many other period costumed characters. The characters, all members of Tennesseans for Living History, were at the fort as various historic figures […]

The New Deal in Tennessee III

The New Deal in Tennessee III

By Ray Hill With Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee assuming the Speaker’s chair in Congress, the Tennessee Congressional delegation in the House of Representatives faced a serious fight in protecting the Tennessee Valley Authority. Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska, considered the “father” of the TVA, had proposed amendments to the original legislation.  Norris’s amendments […]

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