Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

Publisher’s Position: Double, double, toil & trouble

By Steve Hunley I think the thing I like least in any human being is hypocrisy. I don’t doubt for a moment my attitude is uncommon. It seems to me most people really dislike hypocrisy, especially in our public officials. It is increasingly apparent that there is a huge double standard in our media in […]

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

Publisher’s Position: Can you hear me now?

By Steve Hunley Teachers, parents and students turned out in force at the most recent meeting of the Knox County Board of Education. For months The Knoxville Focus has been telling readers about the ties between Superintendent James McIntyre, the do-nothing Chamber of Commerce and local news media outlets. Evidently, WBIR-TV news reporters had done […]

Publisher’s Position: Teacher woes did not happen yesterday

Publisher’s Position: Teacher woes did not happen yesterday

By Steve Hunley Suddenly Knox County teachers are beginning to let the public know about the unreasonable constraints they have been laboring under for the last several years. Finally they have allowed their dismay and dissatisfaction to explode after literally suffering for years under almost impossible circumstances. It didn’t start just yesterday. The Legislature has […]

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

Publisher’s Postion: The business of politics

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel does nothing better than pontificate, telling us all what we ought to think. The Sentinel recently pontificated on the glorious news the Chamber of Commerce is banging away and steadily improving our local economy almost singlehandedly. Of course Patrick Birmingham, the publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel, also […]

Publisher’s Position: Clerk Flap Is Pure Politics

By Steve Hunley Well, it looks like the 2014 election season has already begun. The flap about innocent folks being arrested without cause is being laid at the doorstep of Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey by much of the local media. They have likely been fed this information by a disgruntled (with McCroskey) prosecutor in […]

Publisher’s Position: Some Things that the Legislature Needs to Fix

By Steve Hunley Despite some claims to the contrary, there are some things the Tennessee General Assembly needs to fix. Our superintendent of schools has loudly proclaimed his support for the evaluation system of teachers, which was enacted in Nashville.  Frankly, Dr. Jim McIntyre’s support for the new evaluation system is less because he thinks […]

Publisher’s Position: Rogero should Sunshine meetings with Council members

Publisher’s Position: Rogero should Sunshine meetings with Council members

By Steve Hunley According to information obtained by The Knoxville Focus through a Freedom of Information Act request, on July 17th, from 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero met with Knoxville Councilwoman Brenda Palmer. She also met with Knoxville Councilman George Wallace on August 21st, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Details regarding the […]

Publisher’s Position: Students evaluating teachers a bad idea

Publisher’s Position: Students evaluating teachers a bad idea

By Steve Hunley In his recent report to the Knox County Board of Education, Superintendent James McIntyre has raised the issue of having students evaluate teachers.  Evidently the state has some new idea about allowing students to evaluate teachers and is dangling some $700,000 if Knox County will adopt the proposal. McIntyre’s report cites a […]

Publisher’s Position: When Down is Up and Up is Down

Publisher’s Position: When Down is Up and Up is Down

By Steve Hunley The media barrage has begun and Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre is doing his best to spin the drop in ACT scores in Knox County. Like a stressed circus poodle, Dr. McIntyre is spinning, jumping, and barking that the results don’t mean a thing in light of the fact the folks who […]