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 […]

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

Publisher’s Position: No Real Results Or Whip Out Your Wallet… Again!

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News-Sentinel has published yet again another of its predictable editorials, clamoring for the public to support our schools.  The Sentinel was right about one thing, probably by accident. Expectations from the public from Superintendent McIntyre and the school system should be high.  Knox County is currently over $1 billion in […]

Publisher’s Position: The Truth About The Sentinel’s Obsession

By Steve Hunley Ever since The Knoxville Focus started a weekly poll, the Knoxville News-Sentinel has been obsessed about our new feature. Within days of the first poll, Sentinel columnist Georgianna Vines was burning up my phone to quiz me about the poll. I was surprised the Sentinel would be interested in covering another paper’s […]

Publisher’s Position: Leuthold Right Choice For Trustee

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Commission made a wise choice in selecting Craig Leuthold to serve as Trustee following the resignation of John J. Duncan, III. Leuthold has the necessary experience to do a good job for taxpayers in an office of vital importance to our community.  A former member of the Knox County […]

Who is really being harassed?

Who is really being harassed?

By Steve Hunley There are times when silence is not golden and this is one of them. For those people who still read the Knoxville News-Sentinel, you may have noticed the same story about polling and State Senator Stacey Campfield being repeated over and over again. The Sentinel has done its best to infer somehow […]

Publisher’s Position: Wonderland All Over Again

By Steve Hunley We constantly hear how our government and leaders don’t get it because they don’t live in the real world.  If anyone wanted more conclusive proof that is true, they don’t have to look very far. One of the best examples of precisely that is our school system.  Dr. James McIntyre has just […]

Publisher’s Position: Campfield bill is mean spirited

By Steve Hunley State Senator Stacey Campfield has proposed a bill cosponsored with State Representative Vance Dennis which would reduce by as much as thirty percent state assistance for those families who have a child in school who has failing grades. Campfield claims his bill is based on a similar idea in Brazil, of all […]

Publisher’s Position: Ring Around the Rosie

By Steve Hunley If anybody ever needed any evidence of Superintendent James McIntyre’s penchant for making it up as he goes along, his dropping a proposal to fix the problems at Vine Middle School make it abundantly clear. It is generous to refer to McIntyre’s document a proposal when it more closely resembles a concept […]

Publisher’s Position: The Biggest Loser

By Steve Hunley Last week was an interesting one in politics and brings to mind either The Biggest Loser or perhaps Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Choosing just precisely who is the biggest loser isn’t easy.  The County Commission heard a resolution to have an elected superintendent and make the elections partisan; there […]