Recruiting Remains a Cesspool

By Alex Norman The stories are as bad as we think. Coaches willing to break NCAA rules to woo a recruit to their university.  The NCAA and their member institutions turning a blind eye because the unpaid labor brings in billions.  College athletics has never been more popular or more profitable, and it’s becoming harder […]

Uppers and downers

By Rosie Moore Lets start with the downers first. I thought I was the only one who started the year 2016 on the wrong note but as I glanced in the newspaper each day I noticed that many other people were leaving us, most of them from that horrible big “C.” Glenn Frey, who with […]

Ashley’s Gift II

It was awesome to see a teenager holding a hymnbook in today’s high-tech world!  Last week’s column featured young Ashley Boruff in a photo taken by her mother, Candy, during recording.  I knew there must be some hymns on her new CD.  There are!  “The CD has a little bit of gospel, bluegrass, and contemporary,” […]

Legislature Back in Session

Legislature Back in Session

By Steve Hunley If the old adage about the country only being in danger when Congress is in session, Tennesseans are in danger as the legislature is in session.  There’s already been considerable speculation about whether the “honeymoon” between the governor and the legislature is over; frankly, it seems obvious to me it was over […]

Thin Skinned

By Joe Rector Weather during Christmas 2015 was wet, but the temperatures were warm, so much so that I wondered if we were actually someplace much closer to the Florida coast. However, winter showed its ugly teeth this past week and reminded us that it still has plenty of time to make life miserable before […]

‘State of the School’ Addressed at South Doyle Middle School

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Tuesday, Principal Taiwo Sutton and the administrative team from South Doyle Middle School hosted a “State of the School” address. The school has been in the news recently with reports of fights and discipline, and behavior problems. Linda Holtzclaw, a 32 year veteran teacher, resigned from SDMS mid-semester last fall, […]

The Chalk Board for January 18, 2016

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 19 School Board Chairman Doug Harris has scheduled a special called meeting of the Knox County Board of Education for Tuesday, January 19 to discuss a potential resignation agreement and a possible buyout of the superintendent’s contract. The Special Called meeting will […]

A Quarter of a Million Dollars to Resign?

By Sally Absher abshers@knoxfocus.com When the news broke two weeks ago that Director of Schools Jim McIntyre was resigning, there were mixed reactions. Of course, those connected to the (Haslam) establishment bemoaned the loss of their “star quarterback,” citing gains in student achievement and graduation rates. One only has to look at a recent email […]

Rosie’s World

By Rosie Moore The first week of the New Year 2016 I was whining and moaning and groaning because things were not working out the way I thought they should. Once again my little book “My Daily Psalms & Prayers” came to my rescue. This is what it said on January 6th. “Dear Heavenly Father, […]

Sunday Lunch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I discovered the error of my ways at Sunday lunch. This has happened before. For many years my family and various friends met weekly at Greaty Cuckoo’s home right after the minister’s sermon ended. We adults gathered around the big dining room table that looked out over the Tennessee River, while […]