Legislative Update on Education Bills

By Sally Absher With the 109th General Assembly well underway, there is good, bad, and ugly with regard to education bills. First the good: HB0036 (Dunn)/SB0285 (Briggs) removes the requirement that the local education authority (LEA) must include student scores in a TCAP subject area as part of the student’s grade in that subject. This […]

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher Year Round School. The school-wide meetings are underway regarding a proposed Year Round (or “Balanced”) Calendar. The list of meetings can be found here: http://www.knoxschools.org/domain/4273. Note that many of the meetings are already over, and participants are being told that this is their “only chance” to weigh in on the idea. The […]

Powdered Alcohol

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law On March 10, 2015 the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury approved the sale of a powdered alcohol product called Palcohol.  Palcohol had previously been approved for U.S. sale by the Food and Drug Administration.  According to the Palcohol […]

Listening to Music

By Joe Rector Recently, I rode in a van with fellow workers back from a trip to deliver cars to Nashville. At some point, I started listening to my iPod to help pass the time. It’s surprising just how much listening to music has changed in my lifetime. My first memories of music came through […]

Vols at the SEC Tournament

By Alex Norman The commonly held view was that Tennessee, losers of 8 of their previous 10 games, would be a quick out at the SEC Tournament. But if we learned anything about this Vols basketball team, it is to expect that they won’t go quietly. In Tennessee’s first game in Nashville, against rival Vanderbilt, […]

Lady Vol fans should boycott NCAA home games

By Steve Williams Forget the protesting, the petition, the pleading. If fans really want to make a statement regarding the pending takeaway of the iconic Lady Vol logo and nickname from all University of Tennessee women’s athletic teams except basketball, they’ll boycott the first and second round games Tennessee is expected to play at Thompson-Boling […]

Super Subs: Gene Cantley

By Ralphine Major He was the only sophomore on the team.  Gene Cantley played guard for Head Coach Bob  Dagley’s 1964-65 Gibbs Eagles when he was called on as the team marched toward their 31-2 record. Dagley remembers the player who wore No. 12.  “He was able to handle the ball well and set the […]

That Ghastly Potato Famine

By Rosie Moore The potato famine in Ireland lasted from 1845-1852. In the 1800’s Ireland was an agricultural nation populated by eight million persons who were among the poorest people in the Western world. Only about a quarter of the population could read or write. Life  expectancy was short, forty years for the men. The potato […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Aches and pains are a fact of life as you get older.  I don’t remember a lot of painful conditions as a kid, even with injuries.  My brothers and I often went barefoot in those halcyon days of summer, and I remember a “stone bruise” of my heel that once hobbled […]

Tate’s School Students Celebrate Music, Global Diversity

By Sally Absher March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month, the time of the year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Last Tuesday evening, over 165 preschool and elementary Tate’s School students performed an international music […]

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