November

By Rosie Moore November is our middle child in the family of months during the year. The ghosts, witches, and goblins are nestled away in their coven of October, which lends room to the dreary, cold days that accompany  us on the way to brighter days in the near future. But wait! November isn’t as […]

The Chalk Board, November 16, 2015

By Sally Absher Director of Schools Jim McIntyre Releases Self -Evaluation As part of his annual evaluation, Dr. McIntyre submitted an eight page self-evaluation for the last evaluation cycle before the new rubric evaluation process approved by the Board of Education kicks in next year. McIntyre begins his self-evaluation with this statement, “After several years […]

Start at home first

By Joe Rector I listened to the Democratic Debate a couple of weeks ago. No, it didn’t have the flair for dramatics that came from the earlier GOP gatherings, but some of the answers that the Dems gave for questions were every bit as frustrating as Republican comments. Over the years, I’ve heard plenty of […]

Q&A with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes

By Alex Norman Hard to believe that basketball season is already here. New Tennessee men’s coach Rick Barnes has already coached his first game for the Vols. Recently we had the chance to catch up with the long time Texas coach, and found out what he expects in his first year on Rocky Top. Alex […]

Rhythms of Life- June 7, 2013

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available online at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift   Ethnicity has little to do with rhythm […]

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble December 5

By Ralphine Major It is the season of Santa hats!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5.  Local authors Wayne and Ralphine Major will be at Barnes & Noble, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, for a book signing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their first children’s book recently published by Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.  […]

Online Privacy at Work

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Effective on January 1st of this year is the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 (“EOPA”).  The complete act may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 50-1-1001 through 1004.  Among other things, the EOPA governs what an employer may do with respect to applicants’ and employees’ personal online […]

2015 Graduation Rates, ACT Scores for Knox County

By Sally Absher The banner at the top of the Knox County Schools website proclaims “Tennessee State Report Card Reveals Knox County Schools Achieves 90% High School Graduation Rate.” Admittedly, that is an improvement over the KCS graduation of 79.3% in 2008, and the graduation rate has been creeping up for the past three years […]

Thetus W. Sims of Tennessee

By Ray Hill For twenty-four years, Thetus W. Sims served West Tennessee as a member of Congress. Now almost entirely forgotten, he is a figure from a distant past. In fact, before his career was over, Sims was already becoming an antiquated figure, which helped to usher him out of office. Sims had been superintendent […]

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