Special Education 101

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com This month The Focus will be presenting a series on Special Education. This is a topic that few of us think about, unless we have a child with special needs. Sadly, many regular and even special education teachers are not fully aware of the various laws and policies […]

Candice McQueen Appointed Commissioner of Education

By Sally Absher The week before Christmas, Gov. Bill Haslam announced that he was appointing Dr. Candice McQueen to serve as Tennessee Commissioner of Education, ending weeks of speculation about who would replace outgoing Commissioner Kevin Huffman. After watching Huffman institute years of “rigorous and robust” profit-driven public school reform, many of us worried if […]

Firm Decisions

By Rosie Moore I missed my deadline for sending my last article for the year of 2014 so I will be extra meticulous about sending in my thoughts for the year 2015. In other words, I’m making resolutions, or firm decisions this year. I looked up the word resolve in my old dictionary I have […]

Every Day Can Be Christmas in our hearts

By Ralphine Major The signs are slowly disappearing, and festivities for the most celebrated holiday of the year have ended. The long-awaited time when families get together for sharing meals and opening gifts has come and gone. Many traveled long distances to their destinations and have returned home. Scenes of special family reunions tugged at […]

A Day Away: Visiting the sad cemetery at Lakeshore

By Mike Steely I was over at Lakeshore Park recently taking photos for a feature story and decided to go across Lyons View Pike and visit the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. It was all decorated with Christmas wreaths and it looked beautiful. I’ve been impressed with that Veterans Cemetery and the other cemetery on Governor […]

The New Look

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Winter’s cold has finally come and I needed my heavy coat. I expected to find it pushed to the back of our closet by other season’s garb. I never expected to find, instead, the coat of a bygone era. The white hospital lab coat now relegated to the back of the […]

Knoxville Focus for January 5, 2015

Sign Task Force to meet again By Mike Steely After almost three years of revisions and debate in public meetings, Knoxville’s voluminous Sign Ordinance proposal seems to be no closer to being passed than it was in February 2012, when a task force was appointed to revise the various ordinances. The task force’s initial idea […]

Publisher’s Position: Council Should Expand Ban On Panhandling

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville City Council will consider expanding the current ban on panhandling. Currently the law prohibits panhandling that is considered overly aggressive. While that is somewhat vague, the law also restricts panhandling after dark, or near banks, bus stations, as well as restaurant patios. The expansion of the ban would extend to […]

Tennessee’s First Election For the U. S. Senate: The Democratic Primary 1915

By Ray Hill 2015 marks the one-hundredth year since the people of Tennessee cast their ballots to select a candidate for the United States Senate. There had previously been non-binding preferential primaries, as senators were still elected by the state legislature. The 1915 primary was unusual in two respects; first it was no ordinary election […]

UT’s Cherokee Farm on MPC agenda

By Mike Steely The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission will consider a long agenda of various requests when they meet in a workshop and their regular meeting this week. One of those items is a use-on-review of plans for the University of Tennessee’s Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. The MPC agenda workshop is Tuesday at 11:45 […]

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