You Picked a Fine to Leave Me, Chris Barbic…

By Sally Absher As maligned and unpopular as Knox County Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre has been, he must take some comfort in the fact that he’s not quite as despised as Chris Barbic, the contentious superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD). But McIntyre’s fellow Broad Superintendent Academy alumni Barbic recently announced he […]

Our Gerber Baby

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Old photographs convince me that the love and joy for my two girls was comparable to what I currently feel for my grandchildren. I’m thankful that I have these pictures to help me recall memories which have faded over three decades. These days people use the cameras in smart phones […]

Parade of Tractors

By Ralphine Major How long could it take to look at a tractor or two?  Longer than I had gauged!  There were tractors dating back to 1935, an orchard tractor with large fenders over the tractor tires, and a museum-like collection of antiques.  Our mother was most impressed with the miner’s lunchbox, probably because her […]

Congressman John J. Duncan

By Ray Hill   For two decades there was no politician in the Second Congressional district more popular than John James Duncan. John Duncan had hitchhiked to Knoxville with five dollars in his pocket to attend the University of Tennessee and remained, rising to become Law Director and Mayor of Knoxville and eventually won a […]

Tennessee at SEC Media Days

  By Alex Norman Football season might not officially begin for the Tennessee Volunteers until September 5th, but last week’s appearance at SEC Media Days certainly marks the unofficial start to the 2015 campaign. Over 1000 credentialed media members were on hand for the annual gabfest with players and the head coach for all 14 […]

Forecast at SEC Media Days: Alabama or Auburn in title game?

By Steve Williams The preseason football forecast that came out of SEC Media Days last week was a head scratcher. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference and Alabama was tabbed to come out on top in the Western Division. What was crazy was Auburn being voted to win the […]

Looking at the beginning 40 years later

By Joe Rector I received a message on Facebook not long ago. Bill Fogarty contacted me with information that his class was holding a reunion and that I was invited. Just being thought of was enough, but this class is a special one; it’s the first one I taught. Yep, the class of 1975 is […]

Great advice for women

By Rosie Moore It’s a dangerous world out there ladies, so be careful! Here are a few tips for consideration which will help you to be safe: Did you know that your elbow is the strongest point on your body? If you are close enough to use it, do! If you are ever thrown in […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

THE CHALK BOARD: July 20, 2015

By Sally Absher  Teacher Supply Depot Donations Sought It may be the last thing on your kids’ mind, but Knox County teachers are starting to think about getting their classrooms ready for students – who will be back in school in less than a month. Supplies like pencils, pens, paper, calculators and notebooks add up […]

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