The Kitchen Drawer – 2014

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife, Becky, relates a story of a long departed relative who grew up in the Great Depression. This lady understood privation, and as a result saved everything for the proverbial “rainy day.” As the family sorted through her life’s history and estate (collections) they found a box full of tiny […]

Laughter is the best medicine

By Rosie Moore I came in contact with a stack of Reader’s Digest magazines and I’m in seventh heaven. The smallest book with the most information of any magazine around, it contains Jokes, Food, Money, Home, Heroes, Dreams, and Health articles that keeps one turning its pages until everything has been absorbed–all at one sitting. […]


By Ralphine Major “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV) Dressed in my cowgirl outfit, I was Annie Oakley—hat and all!  Growing up on our dairy farm, life was simple and time moved slowly.  Some evenings, this cowgirl would walk up […]

Thankful for it all

By Joe Rector Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is still three more days away, but I wanted to get a jump on it and make my list of all the things for which I am thankful and for the blessings poured out to me. I’m thankful for the job I have. The previous one that […]

Our Story: Former Lady Bulldog Softball Players

By Sally Absher Several months ago, the Focus reported on the untimely forced resignation of BHS Softball Coach Leonard Sams. Coach Sams took the BHS softball team to State tournament last May – a first in Bearden history, and had just been voted District Coach of the year by his peers. Two weeks later, the […]

The Chalk Board, November 23, 2015

By Sally Absher   Fulton Student Awarded “Golden Eagle” Scholarship More than 100 Latino students and families attended the region’s first Latino College and Resource Fair hosted at Fulton High School on Tuesday.  The event planning team surprised student team member Ana Gutierrez Roman with a scholarship funded by vendor registration fees. The “Golden […]

Frustration, Anger Rule the Campaign Season

By Steve Hunley The two campaigns drawing the biggest crowds as the presidential primaries approach are still Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  The establishment in both parties is desperately trying to circle the wagons and figure out just what the heck is going on.  The answer is very simple: folks are just plain fed up, […]

Senator McKellar & the Fracas on the Senate Floor

By Ray Hill There are several stories told about Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, some of which have become legend.  Perhaps the most frequently told story is that of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asking McKellar if the Tennessean could hide $2 billion in the budget, which was the origin of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  […]


By Rosie Moore November is our middle child in the family of months during the year. The ghosts, witches, and goblins are nestled away in their coven of October, which lends room to the dreary, cold days that accompany  us on the way to brighter days in the near future. But wait! November isn’t as […]

The Chalk Board, November 16, 2015

By Sally Absher Director of Schools Jim McIntyre Releases Self -Evaluation As part of his annual evaluation, Dr. McIntyre submitted an eight page self-evaluation for the last evaluation cycle before the new rubric evaluation process approved by the Board of Education kicks in next year. McIntyre begins his self-evaluation with this statement, “After several years […]

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