Looking for the artist in me

By Joe Rector I love art. No one would ever call me an expert or critic, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, “I know it when I see it”—art that is. Jim Gray pieces inspire me; just down the road from my house, Ruby Dayton’s home and gallery are filled with […]

Good Teachers Continue to Leave Knox County Schools

By Sally Absher Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post column, “The good teachers are starting to leave” (February 27, 2015) started circulating around local social media again last week. Between the end of September and mid-October, at least three veteran teachers resigned from Knox County Schools. You read that correctly – resigned in the middle of the […]

The Chalk Board, Oct. 26, 2015

By Sally Absher Northwest Middle Community School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Northwest Middle is one of KCS’s newest Community Schools. And they are starting the year off with a bang! Liz Thacker, Site Resource Coordinator for Northwest Middle Community School is excited to announce Red Ribbon Week, October 26 – 30. Red Ribbon Week is […]

A Phenomenal Woman

By Rosie Moore How many people do you know that are phenomenal? Not many, I would guess. But what does phenomenal mean? In the dictionary it is described as a rare occurrence. So, a phenomenal woman would be a “rare” woman, wouldn’t you say? Which comes down to the fact that I don’t know many […]

Taste – July 19, 2010

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available on line at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift!      There’s no accounting for taste.  I […]

The Knoxville Focus for Monday, October 26, 2015

Tony Norman Kicks Off School Board Campaign By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Tony Norman kicked off his campaign for the Third District seat on the Knox County Board of Education last week, with a reception Thursday evening at the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn. In announcing his candidacy, Norman said, “As you know, the past few years […]

Let’s Make A Deal…With Iran?

By Steve Hunley There’s been a lot written and said about the proposed deal with the government of Iran.  Clearly, this particular deal is going to have serious repercussions for decades to come.  It is also clear there aren’t enough votes in the U. S. Senate to override President Obama’s expected veto of the Republican-sponsored […]

Senator McKellar’s Homecoming, 1946

By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth D. McKellar turned seventy-seven years old in January of 1946.  He had been in Congress since 1911 and in the Senate since 1917.  It was clear McKellar was aging and there had been some thought the old Tennessean would retire.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt had summoned E. H. Crump, leader […]

The Chalk Board: October 19, 2015

By Sally Absher FREE “Magic of Chemistry Show” Tuesday October 20 Calling all STEM students! Members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) nationwide will be celebrating National Chemistry Week October 19-24. During this week, ACS members will have the opportunity to present the positive aspects of chemistry, promote science education, and to heighten the public […]

Knoxville celebrates World Dyslexia Day

By Sally Absher Thanks to Julya Johnson of Decoding Dyslexia –TN and Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby, Knoxville was REDEEMING RED again this year! Last Thursday was World Dyslexia Day with a celebration at Volunteer Landing to celebrate the 1 in 5 children who have dyslexia. For the second year in a row, the Henley […]

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