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 […]


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 […]

The Chalk Board, June 1, 2015

By Sally Absher This week, the KCS administration is working overtime – with meetings scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (June 1-4). The agendas for these meetings can be found here:   June 1 Knox County Schools BOE Work Meeting The Board of Education will convene for their June work session on Monday, […]

Knox County Schools’ Non-renewal Problem

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher When the legislature passed a bill in 2011 making it more difficult for Tennessee teachers to get tenure, many people thought this was a good thing. After all, the previous year, Davis Guggenheim’s pseudo-documentary “Waiting for Superman” popularized the false statement that “Tenure is automatic, and it means […]


By Joe Rector My grandson Madden came to Knoxville during the Memorial Day weekend. He pulled off his shirt on Friday evening, and his shoulders and arms were fiery. It was the boy’s first ever taste of sunburn. His parents have been good at slathering him up with sun screen, but this time, Madden and […]

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