Bumper Stickers

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many years ago a sizable group of Americans were identified as the Silent Majority. I wonder what happened to these people. Did they change their conservative philosophy and morph into something else? Did they all die? I don’t think they were deported and now reside clandestinely in “sanctuary cities.” Perhaps they […]

House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the House voted to renew the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, with Republican leadership narrowly defeating the wishes of both conservative members of their own party, and all Democrats. HB 5, the Student Success Act, passed on a vote of 218-213. The 2002 NCLB law expired in […]

The Chalk Board: July 13, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Students Lack Volunteer Hours for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program.  Only one in four students planning to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program has completed the volunteer work needed to remain eligible. If the students don’t complete and submit their hours by August 1, they will no longer be eligible for […]

Vaccine Injury Compensation

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Back in the early 1980s, there were many reports of serious side effects from the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine. Many lawsuits were filed against the vaccine companies, doctors and nurses for injuries allegedly caused by the vaccine. In response to this litigation, some vaccine companies stopped producing vaccines […]

Congressman J. Ridley Mitchell of Crossville

By Ray Hill   Long forgotten by most, John Ridley Mitchell was a member of Congress for eight years and twice a viable candidate for statewide office in Tennessee. J. Ridley Mitchell was a formidable politician and a wily practitioner of the art of politics. Albert Gore, Sr., who succeeded Mitchell in Congress, once described […]

The Chalk Board: July 6, 2015

By Sally Absher Standardized Tests – the Good News. Statewide TCAP (grades 3-8) and high school End of Course (EOC) results were released last week. District and School-level results will be released later this month. The Department of Education touts the statewide 2014-2015 TCAP results: •              We continued to see strong gains in our high […]

Who Are The Pennsylvania  Dutch?

By Rosie Moore William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania (which, by the way, means Penn’s Woods) was born in London, England in 1644. In his twenties he converted to the Quaker religion and was jailed several times for his resistance to the church of England. In 1681 he received a charter to form a new colony […]

Four Generations

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com When winter’s wrath paralyzed our nation last February with weeks of snow and ice, ninety-degree days and summer holidays seemed so distant.  By the time this column is printed, we will have celebrated our nation’s independence.  “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Star Spangled Banner” can send a chill […]

Backyard Critters

By Joe Rector I like the outside. Nothing depresses me more than being trapped in the house as the rain or snow falls. Working in the yard is a blessing to me, and I’d stay there all the time were I given the opportunity. The only drawbacks to being in the yard or the wooded […]

Rest in Peace, Lady Vols

By Alex Norman Well, that’s it… the Lady Vols as we know them are gone… The University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department, the UT Board of Trustees… they found a way to greatly diminish something that has put the University of Tennessee in a positive light for decades. The decision to eliminate […]

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