The Chalk Board for May 16, 2016

By Sally Absher   Incoming Superintendent Asks for Lower Salary Putting his words from the May 4 Board meeting into action, Knox County Schools’ incoming interim superintendent Buzz Thomas asked that his salary  be reduced from $195,000 to $180,000. Board Chairman Doug Harris notified fellow school board members of the request last Monday. At the […]

A Single Rosebud

by Joe Rector Mother’s Day has come and gone. I purposely didn’t write about it then because I needed time to think. Moms across the country celebrated with families either with visits or long distance phone calls, Facetime, or Skype. All of us agree that those women who are mothers are a special group. In […]

Survivor

By Dr. Jim Ferguson What a difference a day makes. Arguably, I was the same person the day before my latest PET scan cleared me of recurrent cancer. But that’s logic speaking rather than the roller coaster of emotions associated with what I call the “beast.” I have mixed emotions about telling my story. Many […]

The fireflies are coming!

By Ralphine Major “In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a young boy enjoys the wonder of a hot, summer night catching fireflies.  However, these are unique fireflies.  It is the synchronous firefly.  On the other side of the world, a young boy from Southeast Asia enjoys the same thrills of the fireflies on […]

Counting your blessings

By Rosie Moore Did you ever stop and count your blessings? Name them one by one? In the dictionary the word blessing is defined as enjoying happiness, bringing pleasure and confer prosperity and well-being. That covers a lot of ground. It’s also a short prayer before a meal or the act of one who blesses. […]

Q&A with Rashaan Gaulden

By Alex Norman When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden, and talked about, among other things, his return from injury, and those sky high expectations for the Vols…   Knoxville Focus: Certainly there has […]

Locos made more noise than those cowbells

By Steve Williams Starkville, mostly known for its cowbells, got a little crazier this past weekend. The Locos were in town. That zany group of softball fans who make UT home games a hoot traveled to Mississippi to support the Lady Vols in the SEC tournament. How do I know they were there? I heard […]

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week a group of citizen journalists released a report on their investigation of Knox County Schools dismissal practices at the monthly meeting of Students, Parents, and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK). Fifth District Board candidate Susan Horn was also in attendance. The report, “A Review of Personnel Dismissals by Knox […]

FDR Comes to Tennessee

FDR Comes to Tennessee

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Tennessee several times during his presidency.  It gave local politicians the opportunity to bask in the glow of Roosevelt’s magnetic presence and the people of Tennessee to actually see the jaunty tilt of FDR’s large head, cigarette holder firmly clenched between his teeth.  The popular image […]

Mothers

By Ralphine Major It is still one of the most celebrated holidays.  The day our nation has set aside to honor mothers is appropriate for the month of May when springtime is at her best.  The weather is warming, and flowers are blooming.  As in years before, this season is also seeing its share of […]