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 […]

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 […]