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 […]

Moments of Peace and Splashes of Joy

By Ralphine Major Her words still echo in my mind.  It was almost Christmas when I first heard them.  As we were leaving church, I saw her.  She took my hand and looked me in the eye.  Her eyes are always so kind.  “May you have moments of peace and splashes of joy!” she said. […]

Senior Button

By Joe Rector I stopped for a talk with my neighbor’s son, Tony Nelson, the other day. He’s only a few years younger than I am, and he and his son were helping out around his mother’s house. We reminisced for a while, and then I made some comment about being old. Tony looked at […]

Little Pitchers Have Big Ears

By Rosie Moore This title alludes to the ear-shaped handles common on pitchers used for serving liquids. It is also customary to refer to small children who often hear more of what is said than adults realize or desire. Children tell you things that you never knew before. I  recently had a great-grand child tell […]

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