Focus on the Law: Lawyers’ fund for client protection

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law More than 30 years ago the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Tennessee Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (hereinafter referred to as “the Fund”) to reimburse clients for financial losses caused by dishonest acts of an attorney during the attorney-client relationship. Specifically, the purpose of the Fund is to “promote […]

1st and 6th District School Board Election Offers Clear Choices

By Sally Absher The League of Women Voters and KCEA hosted a candidate forum for Board of Education finalists last week. Incumbent Gloria Deathridge and challenger Marshall Walker are vying for the board seat in District 1, and Terry Hill and Sandra Rowcliff square off for the open seat in District 6. The August 7 […]

Assistant Commissioner of Education Confirms Most KCS Testing Not State Mandated

By Sally Absher Tennessee Assistant Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart was in Knoxville last week.  Eighth District Board of Education member Mike McMillan worked with Representative Harry Brooks to invite Dr. Airhart to speak about state requirements for K-12 assessments. Brooks heads the House Education Committee. Brooks was joined by Representatives Gloria Johnson and Bill […]


By Mike Steely Why are Knox County and East Tennessee so “Sevier?” The region can boast  Sevier neighborhoods, Sevierville Highway, the Sevier Homestead, Sevier County, various Sevier Avenues and Streets, Sevier Heights, and Sevier Fuels, just to name a few. You’d think the person that these Sevier places are named for must have signed […]

Ben W. Hooper

Ben W. Hooper

By Ray Hill For years, Ben W. Hooper was the most successful Republican politician in the state of Tennessee, if the measure was the ability to win a statewide election. A fiery and dynamic speaker, Hooper was a successful lawyer, yet he had overcome serious adversity to rise to prominence. In fact, he came into […]

Focus on the Law: Lawsuit Funding

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law It is a sad fact that some lawsuits take many months and even years before they are settled or proceed to trial.  Fortunately, people who are seriously injured can usually find an attorney to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party without paying the attorney any money up front.   […]

RACE TO THE TOP Part 5: Privatization of Public Schools

By Sally Absher It has been two decades since the first public charter school opened in Minnesota, conceived as a laboratory where innovations could be tested before being introduced into public schools. Now, 42 states encourage charters as an alternative to conventional schools, and enrollment has been growing, particularly in cities. In the District of […]

Knox County Teachers Race to File Grievances

By Sally Absher In the lazy month of July, when teachers should be relaxing and taking a well-deserved break from thinking about school, a record number of KCS teachers are racing to meet the July 21 deadline to file grievances with Knox County Schools. Why? Record numbers of KCS teachers received very low scores (1s […]

What’s Going On?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As a baby boomer, the music I identify with is Rock and Roll.  I came of age in the 60s and “my music” was the British invasion of the Beatles, but even more so, the Motown sound of the Contours, Smokey Robinson, and, of course, Marvin Gaye.  In fact, Marvin Gaye […]