Looking for James Agee and Alex Haley

By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Ever been surprised by something you didn’t expect but it made you happy to find it? So, I’m watching one of my favorite movies, “The African Queen,” and at the end I watched the credits and saw that Knoxville’s James Agee wrote the screenplay. I thought, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

Old Time Cold Cures

By Joe Rector Everywhere I go this winter, I run into folks who are wheezing and sniffing and sneezing and coughing. This year seems to have brought with it plenty of snow, frigid temperatures, and COLDS. The television is bursting with advertisements for medicines that will knock that cold out quick. I remember some of […]

The Love of God

By Rosie Moore When I was ten years old, I was walking down a street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when a sweet young lady asked if I would like to go to Sunday School at her church. I said “sure” and that started my love affair with the Mennonite church that continued the next eight years. […]


By Ralphine Major As their two-week old baby was wheeled away to surgery, his parents pondered all that had happened.  In a span of thirty minutes, Rachael and Drew Cope were told that their baby had a blockage, he was being prepped for surgery, and the results of the genetic testing showed he had a […]

High-flying Bowden will make an exciting landing somewhere

By Steve Williams I’ve been covering high school basketball in the Knoxville area for over 40 years, and Carter High School’s Jordan Bowden is one of the most exciting players I’ve seen play the game. Bowden is a 6-4 senior who is listed on the 2014-15 Runnin Hornets roster as a SG/PG. That’s shooting guard/point […]

Bearden Plays in the State Tournament Run

By Alex Norman For only the third time in program history, the Bearden Lady Bulldogs were playing in the state tournament. And they were doing all they could to make the most of the opportunity. Bearden played in the first game of the entire tournament in Murfreesboro against Dickson County on the morning of Wednesday, […]

Tennessee’s Promise: Holding Public Schools Accountable

By Steve Hunley Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga has introduced a remarkable bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Gardenhire bill refers to Governor Haslam’s promise to pay for two years of college; Gardenhire proposes that those students who have to take remedial courses, the school system graduating the remedial student has to pay the […]

Marc Tucker Lectures TN Lawmakers

By Sally Absher Last year Christel Lane Swasey, writing at whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com, did a series on the Top Ten Scariest People in Education Reform. Marc Tucker weighed in at #3. Who is Marc Tucker? Well for starters, he is known as the “architect of Common Core.” And last month, Rep. Harry Brooks invited him to speak […]

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