Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher At last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting, 8th District BOE member Mike McMillan asked to call for personal privilege to postpone the vote on the 2020 Strategic Plan. After a brief consult with Dr. McIntyre, Chair Lynne Fugate shakily replied, “It may come to no surprise to you that I intend […]

Publisher’s Position: Call 911! Board Calls School Emergency

By Steve Hunley For those who doubted anything published in The Focus about the Knox County Board of Education and Superintendent Jim McIntyre, the meeting last week should have addressed those concerns.  The Board, in its most naked display of power politics since McIntyre forced a vote on the extension of his employment contract, violated […]

The Kees of West Virginia

By Ray Hill One of the lesser-known political dynasties in the country was birthed in the hollows and coal fields of West Virginia.  The Kee family dominated the politics of Bluefield, West Virginia and father, mother, and son represented the Fifth Congressional district for a total of forty years.  John, Elizabeth, and James Kee served […]

Our Neighborhoods: Square dancing not ‘square’ anymore

By Mike Steely   Our Neighborhoods is a weekly feature that focuses on Knox County’s communities — not only physical locations but its various residents and their varied interests. Clubs and organizations in our area suit just about every interest, even square dancing. If you ever experienced square dancing in school or 4-H as […]

Rams will be more run-oriented and physical in 2014

By Steve Williams The goal hasn’t changed for Grace Christian Academy’s football program. The Rams will be trying to capture that elusive state championship in 2014. “Really for us, the only thing we’ve not done is win a state championship, and that’s our goal,” said head coach Randy McKamey, who is coming off a second […]


Dates and times:  SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2014 (Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.;   Sunday 12:00 – 6:00)   The 35th annual Greekfest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike.  Special features include authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes that have […]

Teacher Supply Depot Opens August 9

On Saturday, Aug. 9, 7 a.m.-noon, Knox County Schools’ teachers and teaching assistants will have the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies when the Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot opens for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year. Knox County Schools’ nurses also are invited to shop for supplies for school clinics […]

SPEAK Provides Additional Information on the “Regional Support Structure” Proposed in the KCS 2020 Strategic Plan

  Dear Knox County School Board,   SPEAK is concerned that you were not fully informed about the model   proposed in the Strategic Plan 20/20 Goal: “Establish a regional support structure.”   Last night at the BoEd work session Ms. Kincannon and Ms. Carson asked the Superintendent pointed questions about the explicit meaning of “Establish […]

6th, 9th Grade Orientations Set for Aug. 8

On Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-noon, the Knox County Schools will hold student orientations for rising sixth and ninth graders to help transition those students into middle and high school. Orientations will be held at all middle and high schools where the students are based. Bus service will be provided.   During orientation, transitioning […]

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