Do Local Officials STILL Not Get It?

Do Local Officials STILL Not Get It?

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education met last week with the Knox County Legislative delegation and the Knox County Commission to discuss the legislative agenda for the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly.  The vice chair of the board of education was quoted as saying there are no failed schools, only […]

Whining about the Electoral College

Whining about the Electoral College

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel came out last week with a milquetoast editorial noting the Democrats, still smarting over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, want to debate the need for the Electoral College.  Eventually the Sentinel came to the point after traipsing around the edge of the […]

King of the Courts

King of the Courts

By Steve Hunley Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond apparently isn’t satisfied with running the Criminal courts and the Fourth Circuit Court.  The Fourth Circuit Court is Knox County’s busiest divorce court and considering how many marriages seem to dissolve daily, it likely moves like a revolving door at lunchtime.  No, not content with […]

Let’s Get Control of Controlled Substances

Let’s Get Control of Controlled Substances

By Steve Hunley The problem of drug addiction in America is complex, troubling and growing at an alarming rate.  Yet I wonder if our country has really made the effort to properly regulate opioid painkillers.  Clearly if Walmart can instantly know how and when to restock its shelves through their perpetual inventory system, the technology […]

Mainstream Media Has Learned Nothing

Mainstream Media Has Learned Nothing

By Steve Hunley Following the election of Donald Trump it was readily apparent to even the mainstream news media they had not only missed the boat, but weren’t even at the right dock.  The publisher and chief editor of the New York Times assured readers the Grey Lady would “rededicate” herself to what it considered […]

Media and the Millennials

Media and the Millennials

By Steve Hunley Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, Hollywood celebrities are signing petitions to ask Republican electors to vote for Hillary Clinton, while some millennials are taking to the streets to protest.  One is about as logical as the other.  The day after the election, the New York Times published an over […]

President Trump

President Trump

By Steve Hunley When Donald Trump first announced his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination, his declaration was greeted with little enthusiasm from many GOP regulars and a collective giggle from the ruling elite and the mainstream media. Just last week, Donald J. Trump won arguably the biggest upset in the history of our […]

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 […]

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 […]

More State Tax Dollars Out the Window

More State Tax Dollars Out the Window

By Steve Hunley   The embarrassment in Tennessee over the failed TN Ready test has barely faded when auditors from the State Comptroller’s office have released a scathing report about mismanagement inside the Achievement School District.  As described by reporter Andy Sher from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Achievement School District “now has its […]