Tennessee And FDR’s Court Packing Plan, I I

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming off his greatest reelection campaign, had announced he was submitting legislation to Congress to expand the United State Supreme Court.  Roosevelt’s proposal was widely and bitterly attacked in much of the press and despite huge Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, many Democrats were openly opposed to […]

How Much is Too Much Testing?

By Sally Absher Seems everyone is jumping on the “there is too much testing in public schools” bandwagon these days, from President Obama to his (soon to be former) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Chairman of the Senate Education Committee Lamar Alexander. The Obama administration recently released a “Testing Action Plan” that recommends in […]

Focus on the Law: Prosecuting Domestic Violence

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law When DA Charme Allen took office in September 2014, she made several changes to the District Attorney’s Office to combat various problems in our community.  One of those problems was the huge volume of domestic violence occurring in Knox County.  “According to statistics from the Family Justice Center, local […]

The Chalk Board: November 2, 2015

By Sally Absher   Teacher’s Facebook Comment Pays off for Knoxville Students Last Monday, a West Hills Elementary School fourth grade class was presented with five tablets and 24-hour access to a game-based, online math program – all because of a comment their teacher posted on Facebook. Matific is a New York-based producer of interactive […]

Swollen Feet – Sept. 6, 2009

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 on line at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift!   The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred […]

Max and Maci Meet Piddle Diddle

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “This is a big bookstore,” Max told his grandparents.  Max is right.  But, he and Maci knew just where to find “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” in the big bookstore! It was nearly ten years ago when East Tennessee siblings Wayne and Ralphine Major sat through several seminars at the big bookstore […]

Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore When I was a young girl my favorite place to be was at my Aunt Sophie and Uncle David’s home (actually they were my great aunt and uncle but that didn’t matter to me). They lived outside  of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in a suburb called Paxton which actually was just a  few houses […]

Baloney

By Joe Rector I don’t know about the rest of you, but the WHO’s latest proclamation turned out to be one big bummer for me. Processed meats, those wonderful things like bologna, ham, sausage, and bacon, are now declared cancer causing. Are you kidding? For years I’ve known that eating hotdogs and bologna and other […]

Regal Deal Good For Knoxville…And Knox County

By Steve Hunley Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett deserve commendation for putting together the deal to have Regal Entertainment Group move its headquarters to downtown Knoxville.  Governor Haslam deserves credit for having the state do its part as well.  Congratulations should also be extended to Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, as the new headquarters will […]

It’s Time to Admit TVAAS is Broken

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Kudos to the Knox County Schools Board of Education, for accepting a waiver from the state to not include the TNReady Quick Scores in student grades this year. Unfortunately, there is no waiver from including the test scores, as part of Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), in teacher evaluations and […]

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