Growing up in Skaggston

Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong grew up in the Skaggston area and attended the elementary school there. From there, he went to Carter High School and graduated from UT. He received a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. Armstrong served TVA for 32 years as […]

Suit Alleges Pattern of Illegal Segregation of Children with Disabilities by KCS and TDOE

By Sally Abshert As we reported last week on Knox Focus 24/7, three Knoxville preschool and elementary school children and their parents have filed suit in United States District Court in Nashville against Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education.  (http://24×7.knoxfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4-First-Amended-Complaint.pdf) The suit alleges that children with pervasive disabilities such as autism, intellectual […]

The Chalk Board: October 5, 2015

By Sally Absher KCS Transfer Window Now Open Parents may now request magnet or general transfers within KCS for 2016-2017. The transfer window is open through 4 pm on February 16, 2016. Transfer applications are available online at knoxschools.org  and at the Transfers and Enrollment Office, 912 S. Gay Street. Magnet schools transfer applications also […]

Spotlit on Disleksia

By Sally Absher If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading or comprehension, spelling, math facts, telling time, counting money, or written expression, mark your calendar for October 22 to attend the “Spotlit on Disleksia” seminar from 6-8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church (6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville). […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part I)

By Ralphine Major When I opened his letter, my eye was drawn to the sketch of a beautiful home on the letterhead in the top left corner. Below the stately home it read:  Luttrell House 1905.  The letter was from a man named Luttrell—Woodrow Luttrell.  The 1934 graduate of Gibbs High School told of his […]

Autumn Thoughts

By Rosie Moore It is that time of the year again. Nestled between the torrid days of summer and the icy days of winter is an autumnal time to relax, enjoy and be amazed by the riotous colors of the season. You are a thousand winds that blow You are a diamond glint in the […]

What really matters

By Joe Rector Somehow UT managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in its latest game against Florida. Plenty of social media buzz spewed forth, and many of us are plenty disgusted enough with the entire thing to stop putting ourselves through such anguish. We’ll pray that a more creative offense evolves sooner […]

Popes, POTUS and Putin

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s painful for me to mention these three in the same breath or sentence, but this is our world today. Though I am a Methodist and a protestant, I was glad the Pope come to America.  For a while the Vicar of Christ distracted us from a fallen world. However, though […]

Advice for Butch: Take General Neyland’s advice

By Steve Williams Shred the analytic data on football tendencies for when to go for a touchdown or when to rush the quarterback. Let someone else keep up with the chart that tells when it’s best to go for two points after a touchdown. Who needs a cheat sheet for that anyway? In crunch time […]

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