Is Your Child in a Failing School District?

By Sally Absher Randy Turner, a former English Teacher, writes in the online edition of the Huffington Post that there are better ways than test scores to tell if your child is in a “failing school district.” We at The Focus decry the term “failing school” – KCS has many great schools and excellent teachers […]

Focus on the Law: Spaying and neutering pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Humane Society of the United States’ website, “about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year.” This problem of pet overpopulation can be reduced by spaying and neutering pets. In Tennessee state law requires that dogs and cats being […]

The Angry American

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I had planned to write about cognitive aging, but then the Planned Parenthood video exposed the depravity of this organization and its agents. Recently, I wrote about the “moral vacuum” which occurs when religion is no longer considered relevant or hip and is replaced by the State. Secularism without a moral […]

‘Hillbilly Bill:’ Congressman J. Will Taylor

By Ray Hill   For twenty years, James Willis Taylor was the Congressman from Tennessee’s Second Congressional district. J. Will Taylor, popularly known to many of his constituents as “Hillbilly Bill,” was a power in both the national Republican Party and the Tennessee GOP. Born August 28, 1880 near Lead Mine Bend in Union County, […]

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.  […]

Gibbs Ruritan Club Provides Community Support

By Ralphine Major It is the annual Gibbs Christmas Parade that many associate with the club’s activities.  But there is a long list of worthwhile projects that benefit from the Gibbs Ruritan Club’s hard work and generosity.  My family and I were honored to be guests at the Gibbs Ruritan Club’s 23rd Annual Community Dinner […]

A New Approach

By Joe Rector I watched the U.S. women’s soccer team work their magic and claim the world championship before the first half was over. The stadium was filled with ecstatic fans who had dressed in their creative costumes and waved  flags as they chanted, “USA! USA!” Saturday evening was filled with flashes of light and […]

Pictures in the sky

By Rosie Moore               I am learning how clouds form. What brought this curiosity on about clouds? I was thinking the other day how many cloudy days there have been in this year of 2015. It seems like a lot. I can’t really remember the sun shining for many […]

Bumper Stickers

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many years ago a sizable group of Americans were identified as the Silent Majority. I wonder what happened to these people. Did they change their conservative philosophy and morph into something else? Did they all die? I don’t think they were deported and now reside clandestinely in “sanctuary cities.” Perhaps they […]

House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the House voted to renew the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, with Republican leadership narrowly defeating the wishes of both conservative members of their own party, and all Democrats. HB 5, the Student Success Act, passed on a vote of 218-213. The 2002 NCLB law expired in […]

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