A Christmas Parade, Gibbs Style

By Ralphine Major It was a beautiful day for a parade!  On Sunday, December 6, the Gibbs Christmas Parade was nearly 120 entries strong, a far cry from the first parade six years ago. My vantage point was different this year.  Instead of watching from the sidelines, I was in it.  Dressed as Piddle Diddle, […]

Knox County BOE Resolution Goes Viral

By Sally Absher When the Knox County Board of Education passed Amber Rountree’s resolution to exclude the new TNReady state test scores from teacher evaluations this year, even she didn’t know how far reaching it would be.  The very next morning, Rountree reported that she had already gotten requests for a copy of the resolution […]

The Chalk Board, Dec. 14, 2015

By Sally Absher Board of Education Races Heat Up Last Thursday was the deadline for candidate petitions for the March 1 election, which includes the non-partisan Board of Education District 2, 3, 5, and 8 seats. A total of 11 petitions were picked up, but only seven were turned in by the deadline.  In District […]

Christmas Around The World

By Rosie Moore The United States is not the only country that celebrates Christmas as we well know. It is celebrated in almost every country in the world. I can’t list them all in this column, but let’s take a look at a couple of them. One of the most important ways to celebrate Christmas […]

The Proud, the Brave, the Prestigious

By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Over the course of two nights, fifty individuals achieved the honor to wear the badge that allows them to be called a firefighter.  On Tuesday, December 8, eighteen members of the Rural Metro firefighter training class took their oath at the Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville. The administration of oath was […]

Harry Truman Goes To The Senate, Part II

By Ray Hill When 1934 began, Harry S. Truman had been a deeply disappointed man. He faced political oblivion. By all accounts, Truman had been one of the very few honest public servants in Jackson County, Missouri. On occasion, he had been able to buck Boss Tom Pendergast who ruled Kansas City like a potentate. […]

Renewal or Extension, It’s Still A Million Dollars

By Sally Absher The Board of Education Special Call meeting last week to discuss Dr. McIntyre’s contract extension/renewal (the Law Department still isn’t quite sure which term is correct) got off to a rough start almost immediately. Amber Rountree made a motion to delay discussion and action on the contract for a minimum of 30 […]

Flour sacks for clothes

By Rosie Moore My grandmother was a skilled seamstress who worked for the now defunct department store, Watt & Shand, for twenty years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She made mine and my sisters’ dresses from the time we were tots till around the third of fourth grade. No one could tell they were homemade, she was […]

Singing ‘Kumbaya’ at December Board of Education Meeting

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education took up several potentially controversial topics at last Wednesday’s December Regular Board meeting, including  a recommendation regarding inclusion of high school EOC scores in final student grades, a proposal of Emerald Charter School to revise their enrollment plan, and a resolution regarding TN Ready […]

Facades

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Friends invited Becky and me to the recent UT-Vandy game. It had been several years since our last visit to Neyland Stadium. Becky and I are both graduates of UT, and she was a cheerleader! Both of us still cheer for our Vols, and when they win it’s good for the […]

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