The Chalk Board, September 21, 2015

By Sally Absher TN Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment Report Last week the TN Department of Education released the Final Report of the Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment. The Task Force was established in the spring of 2015 by Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen to “address concerns about the amount […]

The Wisdom of Dads

By Joe Rector I recently changed jobs, but my duties still revolve around moving vehicles. In this new position, my travels are confined to the parking lot of the business. I’ve met some new folks and talked with them about a variety of things. It’s during one of those workdays that I discovered some wise […]

Happy Birthday, Everyone!

By Rosie Moore   Since the beginning of time, everyone who has been born has to remember the date. Adam and Eve probably didn’t remember the date but I know they remembered the day when God made Adam from dust and Eve was made from Adam’s rib. It has to be remembered that they were […]

Building Relationships at Board of Education Retreat

Building Relationships at Board of Education Retreat

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knox County Board of Education Members gathered at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens Welcome Center on Friday for their annual retreat, facilitated by Kathy Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of HealthCare 21 Business Coalition. An ambitious agenda for the four hour retreat included a review of District 2014-2015 accomplishments, an overview of the […]

The Great Smoky Mountain Park Feud: Senator K. D. McKellar and the National Park Service

The Great Smoky Mountain Park Feud: Senator K. D. McKellar and the National Park Service

By Ray Hill   As with most everything in Tennessee, Senator Kenneth D. McKellar felt a proprietary interest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. McKellar had been instrumental in helping along the park, sponsoring legislation with Senator Claude A. Swanson of Virginia to acquire land for the park. The full history of the Great […]

Declension

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have we forgotten? Maybe we just don’t care anymore. Perhaps we’ve been led to such a degree of segregation that our politics not only shape our optics, but our reality. I know where I was on 9-11-2001. Do you? Every one of the Greatest Generation remembers where they were on December […]

And I want it NOW

By Joe Rector I discovered that we no longer have to wait for our drinks to chill before consuming them. Someone with too little to do in life insists that all of our favorite liquids can be instantly icy by spraying them with compressed air. Remember when we had to fill ice trays with water […]

Tony (William Anthony) Karnes: (3/23/64 – 9/11/01)

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I can see a little blond-headed boy standing in the back yard calling for his neighbor to come out and play.  It was the sixties, and life was so simple in our rural community.  Several times each summer, my brother and I would spend the day visiting in the home of […]

The Chalk Board: September 14, 2015

By Sally Absher More Districts Drop K-2 Standardized Tests Teachers are continuing to speak out against the ever increasing number of standardized tests that students as young as Kindergarten are required to take in public schools. Former KCS kindergarten teacher Christina Graham took a stand against the developmentally-inappropriate SAT-10 testing of students in grades K-2, […]

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