Does Computer Use Result in Lower Reading Skills?

By Sally Absher A frequent agenda item at monthly Board of Education meetings is approval for purchase of technology using PTA or School Coupon Book funds. Several board members, most notably Doug Harris and Tracie Sanger, have been outspoken in their support for system-wide 1:1 technology. But the Washington Post had an interesting article on […]

The Chalk Board: September 28, 2015

By Sally Absher West View Elementary Celebrates School Coupon Book Sales When the 2016 School Coupon book campaign kicked off, West View Elementary principal Beth Blevins challenged her students to sell at least 450 coupon books – a goal they broke last week. Principal Blevins celebrated by kissing a pig and dancing the “Nae Nae” […]

Dial It Down a Notch, Big Orange County

By Alex Norman The atmosphere at Neyland Stadium was electric. The decibel level was at a record level. Personally, I had never seen anything like it in college sports, as Vols fans gave everything they had, including a day or two of vocal cord quality, when Tennessee hosted Oklahoma. The only thing missing was a […]

As Cherokees’ season turns South, Fowler remains positive

By Steve Williams Jimmy Fowler has had the perfect attitude for this football season at South-Doyle High School, a season that could see the Cherokees finish 0-10 after going 10-0 in 2014. Fowler was a junior last fall when the going was good. As a senior he has maintained a positive mindset in a much […]

Publisher’s Position: The Tree of Greed Continues to Grow

By Steve Hunley Some people have some perception of welfare; more often than not we think about some collecting benefits, pumping out children, and not working. There is a debate raging presently just how much our government spends currently on all welfare-related programs. Some people say it is as much as a trillion dollars. Others […]

Andrew Jackson & the National Bank

By Ray Hill   If Senator K. D. McKellar was an accomplished feudist, another son of Tennessee was at the very least as accomplished in that art: General Andrew Jackson.  President Andrew Jackson carried the bullet in his body from a duel he fought until he died; the other fellow didn’t emerge from that encounter […]

Police use technology to prevent crime

By Dan Andrews In February of 2015, Knoxville Police Chief Rausch implemented a test of a new community crime fighting program study utilizing synthetic dna (selectadna) to help fight property crime in Knoxville. The purpose of the study was to determine if using an advanced anti-theft device in a coordinated effort within certain neighborhoods would […]

A Living Being

By Dr. Jim Ferguson What defines a human being? This is not a rhetorical question. A new hominid was recently discovered in Ethiopia and was said to have lived “alongside” Lucy, the famous hominid ancestor of humans; that is if you ascribe to the theory of evolution rather than the Biblical account of human origins. […]

Almost Autumn

By Ralphine Major It happens this time every year. Long summer days and the blazing hot sun slowly begin to disappear. Football season has started, the Tennessee Valley Fair has already come to Knoxville, and fall festivals are filling the calendar. The signs are in place. Autumn is showing up in East Tennessee! Beautiful fall […]

The Chalk Board, September 21, 2015

By Sally Absher TN Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment Report Last week the TN Department of Education released the Final Report of the Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment. The Task Force was established in the spring of 2015 by Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen to “address concerns about the amount […]

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