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By Joe Rector I listened to the Democratic Debate a couple of weeks ago. No, it didn’t have the flair for dramatics that came from the earlier GOP gatherings, but some of the answers that the Dems gave for questions were every bit as frustrating as Republican comments. Over the years, I’ve heard plenty of […]

Q&A with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes

By Alex Norman Hard to believe that basketball season is already here. New Tennessee men’s coach Rick Barnes has already coached his first game for the Vols. Recently we had the chance to catch up with the long time Texas coach, and found out what he expects in his first year on Rocky Top. Alex […]

Rhythms of Life- June 7, 2013

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 online at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift   Ethnicity has little to do with rhythm […]

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble December 5

By Ralphine Major It is the season of Santa hats!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5.  Local authors Wayne and Ralphine Major will be at Barnes & Noble, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, for a book signing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their first children’s book recently published by Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.  […]

Online Privacy at Work

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Effective on January 1st of this year is the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 (“EOPA”).  The complete act may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 50-1-1001 through 1004.  Among other things, the EOPA governs what an employer may do with respect to applicants’ and employees’ personal online […]

2015 Graduation Rates, ACT Scores for Knox County

By Sally Absher The banner at the top of the Knox County Schools website proclaims “Tennessee State Report Card Reveals Knox County Schools Achieves 90% High School Graduation Rate.” Admittedly, that is an improvement over the KCS graduation of 79.3% in 2008, and the graduation rate has been creeping up for the past three years […]

Thetus W. Sims of Tennessee

By Ray Hill For twenty-four years, Thetus W. Sims served West Tennessee as a member of Congress. Now almost entirely forgotten, he is a figure from a distant past. In fact, before his career was over, Sims was already becoming an antiquated figure, which helped to usher him out of office. Sims had been superintendent […]

School Board Rejects Non-Renewal Policy Revisions

By Sally Absher After deferring it for several months, the KCS Board of Education spent considerable time during both their work session and regular monthly meeting last week discussing revisions to Policy GBG, “Non-Tenure,” only to reject the first reading of revisions proposed by the Law Department and further revised by Board Chairman Doug Harris. […]

Controversial Reform Group The New Teacher Project Exposed at Board Meeting

By Sally Absher The “Approval of a Services Agreement with The New Teacher Project Inc. (TNTP) to perform a literacy diagnostic at West Hills Elementary School at no cost to KCS” listed on Wednesday’s consent agenda generated some interesting discussion at last week’s Board meetings.  Dr. McIntyre almost snuck it past the school board, but […]

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