BOE votes to ‘cure’ mismanagement of grants

Also, Big Turnout for Christina Graham By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education was desperately looking for a way to fix the problems with the Broad Resident Program grant revealed last month, in which a grant award requiring matching funds from the county was neither voted on by the BOE or submitted to the […]

A Special Family’s Love, III

By Ralphine Major I first began writing this story three years ago, just before Laura Simpson broke the devastating news at church one Sunday.  Hannah Renee Vrandenburgh Julian’s father had been tragically killed on Friday afternoon coming home from work.  We followed the local media’s extensive coverage of the head-on collision by a drunken driver.  […]

Social Fiction

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a big fan of science fiction. In fact, my novel “Epiphany” was the first of a planned science fiction trilogy. The famous writer Ray Bradbury once said, “Anything you dream is fiction. Anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.” I’ve published many […]

Great ideas and tips

By Rosie Moore 1. Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hair spray and they will take a quick dive. 2. Sealed envelope–Put in the freezer for a few hours then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can be then resealed. (hmmmmmm…) 3. Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It […]

Tennessee’s Wide Receivers… Ready to Make Next Step?

By Alex Norman Tennessee has long been known as Wide Receiver U.  The crop of pass catchers on the 2015 roster hopes to live up to that nickname and make a name for themselves at the same time… We start with perhaps the most dynamic of the bunch, but a player whose future at Tennessee […]

Questions

By Joe Rector Philosophical moment—Life is filled with questions. Maybe the meaning of life is to ask those questions and then spend the rest of our time on this planet working to find the answers. Most of us eventually discover the answers to questions, but some of them just aren’t so easy to discover. I […]

Congressman Sam McReynolds of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Very few people remember Samuel Davis McReynolds, who was a long-time Congressman representing Tennessee’s Third District, which includes Chattanooga; yet during his time, he was a highly influential member of the House of Representatives. Quite likely, McReynolds’ career has been eclipsed by that of his successor, Estes Kefauver. McReynolds was born in […]

Focus on the Law: Contempt of Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Courts operate with authority over the property of parties to a lawsuit and in some cases with authority over the person of the parties. The court can require that a person perform specific acts or refrain from taking specific actions. Without the power to enforce obedience to orders of […]

Troubling TCAPS

By Sally Absher News outlets across the state have been mute about this year’s TCAPS results, but the blogosphere and social media have been on fire. First, some definitions: a Quick Score is a temporary score delivered after the tests have been administered, to give students and teachers a score that can be used for […]

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