A look ahead… to the 2015 Tennessee Titans

By Alex Norman The 2015 NFL season is still four and a half months away, but that shouldn’t stop us from making predictions on exactly how the season will go for the Tennessee Titans. And since the NFL has released the entire 2015 schedule, we can now go week by week for what should be […]

Publisher’s Position: SURVEY SAYS….. ‘RIGGED?’

By Steve Hunley This week has been one of enlightenment in terms of the tactics used by the Broad Academy trainees to obtain what they want and the means they are willing to use to get it. Knox County Schools Superintendent and Broad Academy graduate Dr. Jim McIntyre, in response to a request by Board […]

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

By Sally Absher Or a third grader? Find out by taking the new online Tennessee social studies practice test! A KCS teacher  emailed us, “In case you haven’t heard, the newest social studies assessment is ready to inflict its terror on students here in Knox County as well as across the state.” According to the […]

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com SPEAK to host two more showings of Documentary “Standardized.” Do you have questions about standardized testing and its impact on your students, our schools, teachers, and community? According to co-chairman Dave Gorman, SPEAK is excited to announce that next week we will have two opportunities for you to see the documentary […]

Community Schools: Part 1

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com One of Knox County’s best kept secrets is the Community Schools program. As the battle between public schools and the corporations that wish to privatize them heats up, this article provides the background and philosophy of the Community Schools Initiative in Knoxville. In coming weeks we will highlight three of the […]


By Joe Rector Unlike many people, I’ve never moved far from the place where I grew up. Mother gave us a parcel of land behind her house on which to build the house where we live. Since then, 1978, Ball Camp has changed in so many ways. Subdivisions galore fill fields where we played and […]

Georgia and Johnny Johnson Celebrate 50 Golden Years!

By Ralphine Major One look at the anniversary invitation unlocked a treasure-trove of memories, taking me back to the time our father’s youngest sister was married. Georgia Major and Johnny Johnson met at C. M. McClung & Company where they both worked.  On April 3, 1965, they were married at Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton.  […]

Rosie’s World

    In Psalms 139: 14 it is noted that David said, “I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” What beautiful words, but, sad to say, the ending doesn’t always turn out that way. Due to modern technology, I, as […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I love rainy spring days, and still whisper the childhood rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers.” Of course if you’re having a picnic or a garden wedding you’d wish for a sunny day, but without rain and water, life as we understand it could not exist. So, I’m glad for […]

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