The Chalk Board for December 21, 2015

By Sally Absher State Attorney General Re-Affirms Prior Opinion on KCS Superintendent’s Contract Last Wednesday, the Knox County Law Department forwarded a letter from the State Attorney General’s office to the School Board and County Commission. In that letter, the AG re-affirmed his prior opinion regarding the Knox County BOE Contract with the Director of […]

Christemasse

By Dr. Jim Ferguson This year I vowed to be contemporaneous. With a column that appears once a  week, I seem to be always behind the latest news. In some ways that may be good for my blood pressure. This year I vowed to be pro-active with my Christmas essay. But, I needn’t worry. Christmas […]

Judy, Prisoner of War and Hero

By Ray Hill I tried hard to think of a special story for readers for Christmas.  For this most special time of the year it finally occurred to me that I would share a very interesting story of Judy, an English Pointer.  For those of you who enjoy history and love dogs, this is a […]

Whistles

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I lost my whistle recently. Many years ago my little girl tearfully reported losing her whistle after a trip to the dentist. Apparently, a shot of anesthetic to prevent pain from the dentist’s drill numbed her lip and affected her pucker. We smiled and reassured her that her whistle would soon […]

Diversity at What Expense?

By Joe Rector Everyone seems to be piling on in regard to the UT situation and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s handling of it. I’ve read the clippings from most of the major players involved, and after having done so, I’m adding my “two-cents worth, whether it’s needed or not. Folks, we all do dumb things in […]

A Christmas Parade, Gibbs Style

By Ralphine Major It was a beautiful day for a parade!  On Sunday, December 6, the Gibbs Christmas Parade was nearly 120 entries strong, a far cry from the first parade six years ago. My vantage point was different this year.  Instead of watching from the sidelines, I was in it.  Dressed as Piddle Diddle, […]

Knox County BOE Resolution Goes Viral

By Sally Absher When the Knox County Board of Education passed Amber Rountree’s resolution to exclude the new TNReady state test scores from teacher evaluations this year, even she didn’t know how far reaching it would be.  The very next morning, Rountree reported that she had already gotten requests for a copy of the resolution […]

The Chalk Board, Dec. 14, 2015

By Sally Absher Board of Education Races Heat Up Last Thursday was the deadline for candidate petitions for the March 1 election, which includes the non-partisan Board of Education District 2, 3, 5, and 8 seats. A total of 11 petitions were picked up, but only seven were turned in by the deadline.  In District […]

Christmas Around The World

By Rosie Moore The United States is not the only country that celebrates Christmas as we well know. It is celebrated in almost every country in the world. I can’t list them all in this column, but let’s take a look at a couple of them. One of the most important ways to celebrate Christmas […]

The Proud, the Brave, the Prestigious

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Over the course of two nights, fifty individuals achieved the honor to wear the badge that allows them to be called a firefighter.  On Tuesday, December 8, eighteen members of the Rural Metro firefighter training class took their oath at the Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville. The administration of oath was […]

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