The Chalk Board: May 11, 2015

By Sally Absher This is Why I Teach. (By Farragut Middle School science teacher Mark Taylor. Reprinted by permission)… “I need to share something that happened to me tonight. I assure you I don’t mean to be self-serving in any way but this is how my night went (please bear with me): I left school […]

McIntyre’s Actions Face Scrutiny from BOE, Law Department

By Sally Absher After last week’s board meetings, it is clear that not only was KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s unilateral application for and acceptance of multiple grant awards against the BOE Policy DM (Grants Management), but that the policy itself is not in compliance with state statute. The question is what to do about it. […]

Key Pittman of Nevada

By Ray Hill Colorful characters are as much a part of the old West as tumbleweeds.  Key Pittman was certainly a colorful character.  Pittman caused a stir by using his silver handled revolver to shoot out streetlights while on a drinking spree.  In fact, Key Pittman’s death would spawn a rumor, which persists to this […]

Community Schools: Part 3, POND GAP

By Sally Absher Pond Gap is a University-Assisted Community School (UACS), operating in close association with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at UTK. It was the first Community School in Knox County. UT hopes to add another UACS program at Inskip Elementary next year. Last week the Focus visited the after-school program, […]

The Chalk Board, May 4, 2015

By Sally Absher A Retroactive Vote won’t make it right. After learning that Dr. McIntyre had quietly approved the KCS hiring of Broad Center Resident Christy Hendler under a matching grant agreement, BOE members Patti Bounds and Amber Rountree separately asked the Law Department if the law authorizes the Director of Schools to unilaterally approve […]

Focus on the Law: Hospital Liens

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law State law creates a hospital lien in favor of every person, firm, association, institution or governmental unit operating and maintaining a hospital in the state of Tennessee.  Hospital liens are described in Title 29, Chapter 22 of the Tennessee Code.  These liens are for all reasonable and necessary charges […]

Vols Finish Spring Practice

By Alex Norman Five weeks and 15 practices are over, and now the long wait for the 2015 season begins for Tennessee. On Saturday, April 25th, the Vols played their annual Orange & White Game in front an announced crowd (sarcastic cough) of 63,016. So what did we learn about this team after the scrimmage?  […]

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 […]

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