Carson-Newman Couple Dedicated Years to Education

By Ralphine Major “Family—All because two people fell in love!”  The beautiful wall art hangs just above the bay window in their home.  There are traces of family everywhere I look:  a piano, photos on the wall, a tree house in the backyard. Bob and Janet Dagley met at Carson-Newman, both of them aspiring to […]

A sheet of Bounce

By Rosie Moore The Postal Service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. Use it when outside. It really works. The yellow jackets just veer around you. And all this […]

Day-old bread

By Joe Rector Each day that I sit down at the table to eat, I am thankful for the bounty which God has provided. I realize that too many in this country, the place supposedly where abundant food is available, go hungry every day. Though we never went without food, Mother and Daddy had to […]

Vols have been in and out of college football’s national spotlight

By Steve Williams Tennessee football has received plenty of positive recognition on the national scene since the Vols capped off the 2014 season by blasting Iowa in the Tax Slayer Bowl. When preseason chatter first started, Tennessee was even mentioned as a “darkhorse” to make the College Playoff field this year. That certainly got the […]

Weddings and Rituals

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Rituals give structure to life, and while we should not become slaves to our customs, we shouldn’t needlessly discard them. Just as children need boundaries, patterns of living make us feel comfortable. And while rebels are sometimes lauded – from a safe distance – a civil society is made possible by […]

Knoxville Focus for August 10, 2015

School Board Defers Non-Renewal Policy, Adopts New Superintendent Evaluation Tool By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Board of Education decided last week to postpone further discussion and action on changes to Board Policy GBG, which would give the board the final say on non-renewals and allow non-tenured teachers to appeal a non-renewal decision and […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part One

  By Ray Hill The pages of Tennessee’s history is littered with colorful characters, but the life of Luke Lea is one right out of a novel; handsome, urbane, highly intelligent and successful, Lea climbed to the heights of financial and political accomplishment.  Lea would become one of the first publishing magnates and would be […]

The Chalk Board, August 3, 2015

By Sally Absher Emerald Academy Begins Week Two While most Knox County School students begin their final week of summer vacation today, 126 kindergarten and first grade students at Emerald Academy are beginning the second week of school. Knoxville’s charter school welcomed the inaugural group of students on July 27.  The school, approved by the […]

‘Knox County Schools Makes Strong Academic Gains’

By Sally Absher On July 29, Knox County Schools issued a press release pertaining to the district academic achievement results for the 2014-15 school year reported by the Tennessee Department of Education. The data includes aggregate grade 3-8 scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End of Course (EOC) exams for school systems […]

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