Knoxville Focus for June 22, 2015

Tate’s new Middle School to include Aeroponic Gardening By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com While many of Knoxville’s schools incorporate gardens into their learning environment, Tate’s new Middle School is taking that to a whole new level. Tate’s School  announced last week that they will be the first Middle School in East Tennessee to introduce 6th grade […]

The Knoxville Focus for June 15, 2015

Sock Hop Benefit entertaining, successful For a few hours on Thursday, June 4, time warped back to the ‘50s at the Knox County Museum of Education’s first annual fundraiser “Let’s Go Back to the Hop.” The event raised just over $9,000 for the museum’s operating budget. “The sock hop was more than a delightful event […]

Knoxville Focus for June 8, 2015

BOE votes to ‘cure’ mismanagement of grants By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education was desperately looking for a way to fix the problems with the Broad Resident Program grant revealed last month, in which a grant award requiring matching funds from the county was neither voted on by the BOE or submitted to […]

Knoxville Focus for June 1, 2015

  Corryton honors veterans By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com There were numerous ceremonies held over the Memorial Day weekend but few had the feeling of a community drawing together to honor their local veterans as did the event last Monday afternoon at Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Corryton. Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, who is […]

Knoxville Focus for May 26, 2015

Robust Discussion at Joint Commission/School Board Meeting By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The annual joint meeting between the Knox County Commission and the Knox County Board of Education took place last Thursday at the East Tennessee History Center. The topic was Mayor Burchett’s recommended $435M funding for the schools, about $6.5M less than the BOE-approved budget […]

Knoxville Focus for May 18, 2015

Rescue Squad Assists with Meads Quarry Dive, Cleanup On Saturday, May 16, the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad conducted a dive training exercise and cleanup of Meads Quarry in South Knoxville as part of a project to assist Ijams Nature Center. Ijams Nature Center offers a variety of recreational activities at the Quarry, and the […]

Knoxville Focus for May 11, 2015

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department Graduates Volunteers To Serve Seymour’s Tri-County Community The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department has trained 15 new recruits to become interior firefighters. These men and women have devoted a combined total over 2,400 hours, which will benefit the department and ultimately the Seymour community. This large graduating class has exceeded the state […]

Knoxville Focus for May 4, 2015

Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Met With Great Success More than 1,000 people attended the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event April 30-May 1 at various historic sites and downtown Knoxville. Attendees from 27 states like Colorado, New Jersey, and Texas and 40 Tennessee cities received a national, regional, and local perspective on how […]

Knoxville Focus for April 27, 2015

Community Schools 2: Christenberry Elementary By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com As part of our series on Community Schools, we had the opportunity to visit Christenberry Elementary Community School (CECS) and meet with the Community Schools Site Coordinator Tiffany Davidson earlier this month. This is the second year CECS has been a part of the Community Schools […]

Knoxville Focus for April 20, 2015

School Board Debates, Approves FY16 Budget By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Monday, the Board of Education considered Dr. McIntyre’s proposed General Operating Fund ($441.5M), Capital Fund ($19.15M for next year), and School Nutrition Fund ($28M) budget recommendations for FY 2016. The budgets have been “iterative,” with revisions announced almost weekly. McIntyre announced the latest revision […]