TN (NOT) Ready

By Sally Absher Last week the State Department of Education acknowledged what many of us already knew – Tennessee is NOT ready for TNReady, the new online assessment. Despite numerous, repeated warnings that TNReady wasn’t ready for prime time, the State forged ahead, telling us that everything was wonderful! After a computer glitch halted online […]

Despite not getting the Heisman, Peyton Manning can go out on top

Football owed him one. The celebration he was wrongfully denied when his name wasn’t called as the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1997 was replaced with an unexpected championship in Super Bowl 50. After 19 years, justice has been served for Peyton Manning. He can retire as a champion now, if he chooses. And […]

Peyton Manning’s Fairy Tale Ending

By Alex Norman As of press time, Peyton Manning had yet to make a decision as far as retirement. But it is hard to imagine that “The Sheriff” won’t ride off into the sunset now… Denver’s 24-10 dismantling of Carolina in Super Bowl 50 wasn’t Manning’s best performance.  But it goes into the history books […]

Who will choose for you?

Who will choose for you?

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville News Sentinel has dutifully endorsed Grant Standefer (2nd District) and Rueben “Buddy” Pelot (5th District) for the Knox County Board of Education.  They have also endorsed Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong’s opponent in the coming primary elections.  These endorsements were to be expected as the News Sentinel has been the […]

Susan Horn: Profile of a Survivor

Susan Horn: Profile of a Survivor

By Sally Absher   Anyone who has ever done so knows that running for elected office can be stressful and demanding. We applaud all the candidates who have stepped up to run in the Knox County primary election March 1. Currently seen as the Fifth District frontrunner, Board of Education candidate Susan Horn is a […]

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

By Ray Hill There are likely more pedigrees in politics than the American Kennel Club and if anyone ever possessed a pedigree, it would be Robert Alphonso Taft of Ohio.  For decades, Robert A. Taft was one of the most prominent members of the United States Senate.  The power of his intellect was acknowledged by […]

League Hosts School Board Candidate Forum

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher Last week the League of Women Voters hosted a forum for contested candidates seeking election to the Board of Education in the Knox County March 1 primary election.  Early voting begins on February 10. Jennifer Owen, a former English and music teacher in Knox County Schools, and Grant […]

BOE Postpones Interim Superintendent Process Decision

By Sally Absher Last week the Board of Education defeated a resolution supporting Cultural Competency Training brought forth by Amber Rountree on behalf of Student Representative Sydney Gabrielson.  Gabrielson is continuing efforts on this topic started by last year’s Student Rep, Adam Hasan. The resolution supports training for teachers and administrators to better interact and […]

The Chalk Board for February 8, 2015

By Sally Absher Hardin Valley Academy APUSH Class Seeks Tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ Students in Ms. Guy’s AP U.S. History (APUSH) class at Hardin Valley Academy (HVA) are undertaking an ambitious project that illustrates how students in Knox County Schools are encouraged to “think and learn outside the box.” The Focus was contacted by Gabby […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Well, we have it on authority: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and therefore we will have an early spring. This prediction makes about as much sense as the predictions of thirteen polls which said Trump would win the “Hawki Cauci.” Frankly, I distrust pollsters […]

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