A Mother’s Pride and Joy

By Ralphine Major “Her children arise up, and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28 (KJV) Mother’s Day.  It is one of the most celebrated times of the year.  The role of a mother is special.  It is her nature to nurture and care, guide and direct, and sacrifice and pray for her children.  Her work and […]

The Story of Mother’s Day

By Rosie Moore The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday” celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter), Mothering Sunday honored the […]

Mother Bird

By Joe Rector In the crook of the gutter at the corner of our deck, a robin worked diligently until she built her nest. Its position kept if out of the rain, and she found her place and began the process of hatching the eggs that held her babies. I’ve watched her for a couple […]

Worth a Dern

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   You have to be careful what you say around children. Their minds are like sponges, absorbing the world around them, even though at times it may seem difficult to get their attention. The other day I was trying to get Oakley’s attention and after several attempts he said, “Wait a […]

Knox County 7th Graders Spend TCAP Week in Washington, D.C.

By Sally Absher When South Knoxville resident Victoria DeFreese had the opportunity to attend the Computers in Libraries 2015 Conference in Washington DC last week, she jumped at the chance. And when she decided to take along her 13 year old son James and his best friend Rio, both honors students at South Doyle Middle […]

Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas

By Ray Hill   Joseph Taylor Robinson was Majority Leader of the United States Senate during the first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Few politicians have enjoyed the breadth and length of the career Joe T. Robinson had in Arkansas. A forceful leader, dynamic and plainspoken, Joe Robinson was a man […]

The Chalk Board: April 27, 2015

By Sally Absher Correction. In last week’s article on the FY16 KCS budget, the Focus noted that Dr. McIntyre defended his unilateral approval of the $27,900 grant contract with The Broad Center (TBC) by citing Board Policy DM, which states that “The Knox County Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to accept receipt of grant […]

Focus on the Law: Disaster Resources

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Earlier this month, President Obama declared 35 East Tennessee counties (including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, and Sevier) major disasters due to damage done by winter storms during the week of February 15 through 22.  This disaster is on top of the deadly flooding and tornados suffered […]

A Review of Year Round Education Literature

By Sally Absher Hat tip to KCS parent and Focus reader Ron Raymond, who provided this very thorough review of the literature sources posted on the Knox County Schools (KCS) website in support of “balanced calendar.” It is well known that one can find a study that supports just about any position, and that different […]

Baby Boot Camp

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My life is certainly different than when I managed a large medical practice and was responsible for thousands of patients. I no longer take care of the herd, just sixty or so thoroughbreds in my concierge medical practice. I do stay busy and sometimes wonder how I got anything else done […]

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