The good, the bad and the ugly of Tennessee basketball

By Steve Williams Tennessee basketball, in a roundabout way, took a couple of gut shots when former head coach Donnie Tyndall was placed on a 10-year show-cause by the NCAA and Tyler Summitt stunned us with his announcement of having an inappropriate relationship and stepping down as head women’s coach at Louisiana Tech. Thank goodness […]


By Rosie Moore There’s a TV show called Limitless on just now but I’m not afraid to bet it is not limitless. It will be on a while, then fade away as all TV shows are prone to do. Air is limitless, the sun is limitless, rain is limitless, wind is limitless, the sky is […]

Caring, Concerned, Committed

By Ralphine Major “She has cared for her family members unceasingly. She is concerned for the spiritual and physical welfare of those in need. She is committed to assisting others and sharing Christ with everyone she meets.” Yvonne Piercy, Director of Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, recently described Jeannette Thomas in […]

Visiting the Barter Theater

By Mike Steely Small towns do not usually boast professional theaters but Abingdon, Virginia, just northeast of Bristol and a few blocks from Interstate 81, is the exception. Only about three hours from Knoxville, the Barter Theatre there is worth a destination or a side trip. The theater was founded during the depression when a […]

Yearly Physical

By Joe Rector Today, I visited the doctor for my annual physical. It’s funny how things have changed. In my younger life, I rarely had a physical, and when I did, the entire thing consisted of checking my heart beat, determining my hearing by holding a watch up to my ears, weighing on a scale, […]

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Sally Absher On April 15, the Tennessean proclaimed “Tennessee phases out Common Core” Well, not really. It’s more lies and deception. First they told us that these were “more rigorous” standards. It is interesting that rigor is defined as a: (1) harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgement, (2) the quality of being unyielding […]

U.S. News and World Report Releases High School Rankings

By Sally Absher The U.S. News and World Report released the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools ranking and four top performing Knox County High Schools made the list. L&N STEM Academy—with a College Readiness Index (CRI) value of 61.9—ranked number 6 state-wide and number 341 nationally, earning a gold medal. (An explanation of the […]

Threats in Schools Are Serious

Threats in Schools Are Serious

By Steve Hunley Recently, there has been a rash of threats in our schools.  It seems like every passing day, someone has threatened to blow up a particular school or there is some other threat of serious violence.  Superintendent Jim McIntyre simply murmurs some vague reference to having “conversations” with parents and students.  My own […]

The Chalk Board for April 25, 2016

The Chalk Board for April 25, 2016

By Sally Absher McIntyre to Head Center for Educational Leadership KCS Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, who will be stepping down from his $227,256 position in July, has been hired to head the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee. He will begin his new job on August 1, with a three year contract […]

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