Quaking

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Most of us think of a natural disaster when we encounter the word quake. Actually, the word in our English lexicon can be either a noun or an intransitive verb, as in shake or vibrate. But this week I want to challenge you with an additional definition of quake, and […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 12, 2015

  October Board of Education Meetings Yield Unexpected Outcomes By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education sped through their regular meeting agenda in under an hour last week, thanks in part to deferring two Board Policies and tabling a controversial document defining communication and information requests for the Board. At Monday’s work session, Karen […]

Publisher’s Position: Non-profit Politics

By Steve Hunley If anything in this town epitomizes the establishment, it is Leadership Knoxville.  Ostensibly an organization to indoctrinate those deemed worthy enough to be invited to participate on government, process and politics.  For a few years now, Leadership Knoxville has held a school for candidates. For a mere $50, prospective candidates got lunch […]

Davy Crockett

  By Ray Hill   The first real media marketing campaign began in December of 1954 when Walt Disney aired Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter.  It was the first of three episodes planned by Disney based on the life of the Tennessee frontiersman.  The Disney movie starring Fess Parker inspired a genuine craze with youngsters demanding […]

Growing up in Skaggston

Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong grew up in the Skaggston area and attended the elementary school there. From there, he went to Carter High School and graduated from UT. He received a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. Armstrong served TVA for 32 years as […]

Suit Alleges Pattern of Illegal Segregation of Children with Disabilities by KCS and TDOE

By Sally Abshert As we reported last week on Knox Focus 24/7, three Knoxville preschool and elementary school children and their parents have filed suit in United States District Court in Nashville against Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education.  (http://24×7.knoxfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4-First-Amended-Complaint.pdf) The suit alleges that children with pervasive disabilities such as autism, intellectual […]

The Chalk Board: October 5, 2015

By Sally Absher KCS Transfer Window Now Open Parents may now request magnet or general transfers within KCS for 2016-2017. The transfer window is open through 4 pm on February 16, 2016. Transfer applications are available online at knoxschools.org  and at the Transfers and Enrollment Office, 912 S. Gay Street. Magnet schools transfer applications also […]

Spotlit on Disleksia

By Sally Absher If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading or comprehension, spelling, math facts, telling time, counting money, or written expression, mark your calendar for October 22 to attend the “Spotlit on Disleksia” seminar from 6-8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church (6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville). […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part I)

By Ralphine Major When I opened his letter, my eye was drawn to the sketch of a beautiful home on the letterhead in the top left corner. Below the stately home it read:  Luttrell House 1905.  The letter was from a man named Luttrell—Woodrow Luttrell.  The 1934 graduate of Gibbs High School told of his […]

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