Claiming Peace

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A friend recently said she was disengaging from social media because of the political battles that rage there like everywhere else in these troubled times. I too have debated “tuning out” and proverbially running away to a monastery as people have done throughout history. Maybe I should claim a “safe zone” […]

The Money-Bullies Are After Martin Daniel

The Money-Bullies Are After Martin Daniel

By Steve Hunley Knoxville has a particular wealthy elite political class that has appeared with alarming frequency during the last several election cycles.  The Haslam family and its faithful retainers have recently had a habit of contributing money for their favorite candidates.  One such candidate was Board of Education member Tracie Sanger who received about […]

The Chalk Board for July 25

The Chalk Board for July 25

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knoxville’s Summer Interns Create Mosaic in Honor of Zaevion Dobson High school and college students participating in the City of Knoxville’s Summer in the City internship program have created a mosaic in honor of Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old Fulton High School student who was tragically killed in December 2015. The 26 […]

The 1936 Campaign For Governor

The 1936 Campaign For Governor

By Ray Hill Hill McAlister had finally achieved his dream of serving as governor of Tennessee after two hard fought failed campaigns.  The descendant of two governors, McAlister had run a strong race against incumbent Austin Peay when the latter was seeking a third two-year term in 1926.  Peay had died suddenly in 1927 and […]

Are you renting property in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan attorneyknoxville@gmail.com This article contains basic information about the applicable laws that might affect you if you’re renting property, and specifically, in East Tennessee where my experiences have been with eviction proceedings, but first, let me paint a picture for you: You decided to rent a place to live. The landlord seemed nice […]

The Chalk Board for July 18, 2016

By Sally Absher TONIGHT!! Meet and Greet with Susan Horn Bring some friends and join 5th District Knox County Board of Education candidate Susan Horn for dessert Monday, July 18th, from 6:30 – 8:30 at Copperstone Clubhouse, 1345 Copperstone Lane. The event is hosted by Jennie Councill, Alison Dotson, Beth Duncan, Blair Kerr, Melissa Mason, […]

Education Commissioner Announces Changes to Tennessee Assessments

By Sally Absher   Tennessee finalized the contract with Questar for the 2016-17 state assessment last week, and Commissioner Candice McQueen announced “significant changes” to state assessments in response to feedback from educators, parents and students. One of the biggest changes is that overall testing time has been reduced by nearly a third. For students […]

A DVR Life

By Joe Rector Like millions of people in this country, I remember a time before television. When a tv set found its way to our house, it was a boxy, metallic gadget that weighed about as much as a gun safe. Over the years, we’ve witnessed the growth of programming from three channels to thousands […]

Summer’s Moving On!

By Ralphine Major Hot sweltering days, stormy afternoons and fireflies lighting up the summer evenings. We are in the middle of July and what is often called the dog days of summer. Those familiar summer scenes we wait all year long to enjoy will soon be giving way to others. Neatly planted rows of corn, […]

The Blue Line

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I became acquainted with the term “blue line stream” while trying to develop our property in Knox County. The wet weather drainage ditch at the back of our property was deemed a protected waterway by the Knoxville “EPA” acolytes. Mosquitos must be allowed a summertime stagnant water habitat. We are water […]

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