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 […]

Publisher’s Position: Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News-Sentinel has just released a new poll sponsored by its political partner, the local Chamber of Commerce.  Not surprisingly, this poll claims that after polling 900 registered voters, that a majority would gladly pay more taxes if it all went to education.  Bull. When The Focus started a weekly poll, […]

Publisher’s Position: Playing the Blame Game

By Steve Hunley It seems to me one of the most popular activities for politicians is a particular game that we know all too well: it’s called the Blame Game. Fortunately for most politicians, the Blame Game requires no real ability, talent or intelligence. Everyone can play. It is also a very versatile game, as […]

Publisher’s Position: The Dance of the Eels

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Recent revelations by the Knoxville News-Sentinel indicate some serious problems with the Knox County school system.  Some brilliant reporting by Jamie Satterfield has brought to light the fact the Knox County school system evidently paid a security vendor for security systems at Powell Middle School and Hardin Valley Academy that were […]

Publisher’s Position: Boyd Excellent Choice

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Governor Bill Haslam recently announced the appointment of Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd as Special Advisor on higher education.  Boyd, founder and owner of Radio Systems Corporation, has given both generously of his time and money to help education. Boyd has yet again demonstrated his commitment to education in our community by […]

Publisher’s Position: When The Wobbly Cobbles Come

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Last week I happened to be listening to the Hallerin Hill program, although I will confess it is not a program I listen to often.  Hallerin Hilton Hill that morning had a premise that was actually interesting; he was inviting callers to share their views on the national debt.  Mr. Hill […]

Publisher’s Position: A Case of the Quivers

By Steve Hunley, Publisher Superintendent of Schools Dr. James P. McIntyre is beginning to promote his “State of the Schools” address.  This has become an annual event and not only promotes McIntyre, but helps to set the table for the expected request for more money for the school system.  Last year, McIntyre unveiled his new […]

Publisher’s Position: Debt Matters

By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com It is a somber topic to start the New Year, but such an important one that I think it bears discussion. Like so many Americans across the country, few Knox Countians seem to notice that Knox County government has a debt problem.  Including interest payments, Knox County is presently more […]

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