Pro Achievement vs. No Achievement

Pro Achievement vs. No Achievement

By Steve Hunley With the division on the Knox County Board of Education widening, fingers are being pointed at Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas for an email to members about the resolution sponsored by Amber Rountree.  Rountree’s resolution seeks a waiver from the State of Tennessee to keep standardized testing from counting in teacher evaluations and […]

New Chair, Vice Chair for School Board

Photo by Mike Steely. School Board Executive Assistant Terri Coatney, seats the new vice chairperson, Amber Rountree, during Wednesday’s meeting. Newly seated Chairperson Patti Bounds is to the left.

New Chair, Vice Chair for School Board

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Politics continued at the Knox County Board of Education meeting Wednesday in two  incidents: a new chair and vice chair were chosen after a month’s delay and a single motion by one board member sidetracked a resolution. First a letter from Mike McMillan was read in which he withdrew his name […]

Senator Howard Baker, Part One

Senator Howard Baker, Part One

By Ray Hill During the last decade, Tennessee has become more solidly Republican with the GOP occupying the governorship, both seats in the United States Senate, seven out of nine Congressional seats and a majority in the General Assembly.  Not so long ago, Tennessee was a reliably Democratic state.  The father of Tennessee’s modern Republican […]

Farragut outlasts ‘awesome team’ to win title

Farragut’s Anne Abernathy (11) and Madi Howell (24) react after the Lady Admirals lose a point in Thursday night’s District 4-AAA Tournament Championship Match at Hardin Valley Academy. Farragut bounced back to beat the Lady Hawks in four sets to claim a second consecutive to a second straight title.

By Ken Lay Farragut High School’s volleyball team completed the first step in a journey that it hopes will end in another trip to Murfreesboro. But it was only a first step and it didn’t come easily for the Lady Admirals, who have made three consecutive appearances in the Class AAA State Tournament. “This was […]

Gibbs rolls past South-Doyle, nears Region 2-5A title

PHOTO BY JAMES SPEARS Gibbs defensive ends Trey Mullins (left) and Eli Mikos celebrate Mikos' interception late in the third quarter of the Eagles' 28-7 win at South-Doyle Friday night. Eli's pick set up Gibbs' final touchdown in the key Region 2-5A game.

Gibbs rolls past South-Doyle, nears Region 2-5A title

By Steve Williams Gibbs’ magic number is one. Either a West loss at Heritage this week or a Gibbs win at West in the final week of the regular season will give the Eagles the outright Region 2-5A football championship. Gibbs clinched at least a tie for the title with a 28-7 win at South-Doyle […]

The Knoxville Focus for October 3, 2016

The Knoxville Focus for October 3, 2016

 Interim Superintendent Opposes Rountree Resolution By Focus Staff Buzz Thomas, Interim Superintendent of Knox County Schools, has expressed profound concerns about a resolution sponsored by South Knoxville board member Amber Rountree. Rountree, a former librarian who now serves on the board of education, is sponsoring a resolution asking the legislature and Tennessee Department of Education […]

Still Divided?

Still Divided?

By Steve Hunley There were those who hailed the recent local school board elections as being a rejection of Jim McIntyre and many of his goals.  Some pointed to the possibility of a new seven-member majority as a foundation for real change in Knox County schools and many expected this group to move with monolithic […]

Edenfield Dental Group is special

Edenfield Dental Group is special

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com When is a dental group more than just a dentist office? Edenfield Dental Group, at 2937 Essary Road in Fountain City, not only offers the dental services you’d expect but also specializes in treating special needs patients. “We were established in 2004 for the sole purpose of providing comprehensive dental services […]

Senator McKellar & The TVA, Part II

Senator McKellar & The TVA, Part II

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, had finally abandoned his opposition to the construction of the Douglas Dam.  For those who thought it signified some kind of surrender in his battle of wills with Tennessee Valley Authority Director David E. Lilienthal, they were very much mistaken. Kenneth Douglas McKellar was […]

One more goal left to check off for Halls’ golf team

One more goal left to check off for Halls’ golf team

By Steve Williams For Halls High’s talented boys golf team, it’s been a two-part plan all season long. Get past Farragut in the region and go after the state championship. Check off No. 1. With junior Ryan Hall’s sizzling 67 leading the way, the Red Devils dominated the Region 2-AAA tournament with a 19-stroke margin […]

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