Knoxville Focus for June 29, 2015

Commission refuses to ‘cure’ Broad contract By Mike Steely By a 9-1 vote the Knox County Commission refused to “cure” Knox County School Superintendent James McIntyre’s unapproved acceptance of a $29,700 grant from The Broad Center for Management of School Systems. The Superintendent received the grant last year but did not get approval from […]

Offensive and defensive play nets Whitt accolades

By Steve Williams Jordan Whitt’s athletic play at Clinton High this past school year put her in key roles on both sides of the ball – offense and defense. Whitt won Best Offense Award on the girls’ basketball team and was goalie for the soccer team. The school’s female Student-Athlete of the Year averaged 13 […]

Tennessee’s First State Road

By Mike Steely When TDOT Commissioner John Schroer visited Knoxville recently to officially open the new Powell Drive he spoke of Tennessee’s First State Road. Schroer and other officials had been taking a bus tour of what is left of the state’s original road that, at one time, stretched from Bristol to Memphis. What’s […]

Our Convenience Centers

By Mike Steely Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s opening of the new Karns Convenience Center Wednesday launched the second largest center in the county, with the Halls Center being the largest. Knox County now has seven places to take your household trash and recycleables. The new center is located at 6930 Karns Crossing Lane, […]

Clinton honoree will pursue a career in Air Force

By Steve Williams The leadership Aaron Watson displayed in football at Clinton High School may very well carry over to his next challenge in life. Clinton’s male Student-Athlete of the Year, a two-time All-District 3-AAA performer and team captain as a senior, will soon be joining the Air Force. “The biggest reason I’m joining is […]

Missing Andy Rooney

By Rosie Moore Do you remember Andy Rooney from Sixty Minutes?  I do and I really miss his dry wit and humorous observations. Andy was born in New York City in 1919 and passed away in 2011. He was a Radio and TV writer who he became a Sunday night TV staple in 1978 when […]

Father’s Day Thoughts

By Ralphine Major It is the holiday that arrives just about the time summer itself does.  Merged between Memorial Day and the festive Fourth of July, it is the day we celebrate and honor fathers.  I often say that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  Fathers are the ones who guide and […]

The Chalk Board: June 22, 2015

By Sally Absher “You Work For Us.” Frustrated with the high-stakes testing culture and the continued drain of highly qualified teachers (though retirement, resignation, and non-renewal), local parents are organizing a rally to send a message to the BOE and the Superintendent. The rally is planned for immediately before the July 1 Regular BOE meeting […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee Business Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Our Tennessee Supreme Court is charged with providing for the “orderly administration of justice” and, as such, it has decided to dedicate a court to the meet the specialized needs of business litigants.  The Davidson County Business Court Pilot Project, commonly referred to as the “Business Court,” was created […]

Compliance might be a lifesaver

By Joe Rector Things are out of control in our country. Every evening when the television news airs, whether it is CBS or FOX, stories complete with videos recount the unrest in communities and individuals. It’s become more than most of us can bear to hear or watch. Is anyone else sick and tired of […]

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