A Special Little Boy

By Ralphine Major “He has a contagious smile and laugh,” she said.  “He is always happy.”  Sounds like a typical three-year-old, but the life of this special needs child has been anything but typical.  His mother says that little Hyrum Howes suffers from hydrocephalus, a big word that means extra fluid on his head.  Hyrum […]

Give thanks for little things

By Rosie Moore Some of the things I’m thankful for may seem weird to a few of my readers but bear with me. Perhaps you may have a similar reason to be thankful. I am thankful for this  cool weather we are having. Now I know you Tennesseans say this is cold weather but to one […]

KCS Board Discusses Year Round School

The main item on the agenda for the Board’s November mid-month meeting last week was a preliminary discussion of the school system moving to a year-round schedule, which is now referred to as a “balanced calendar.” The idea of year-round school is not new in Knox County, but was most recently incorporated into the KCS […]

Carrying handguns

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution provides:  “That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and bear arms for their common defense;  but the Legislature shall have the power, by law, to regulate the wearing of firearms with a view to prevent crime.”  Pursuant […]

Update on KCS Audits, Special Investigations

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com At last week’s mid-month Board of Education work session, Dr. McIntyre updated the board on the situation regarding KCS food services and accounts payable departments that led to the dismissal of one employee and investigations by law enforcement and the Tennessee Office of the Controller, and the audits that were requested […]

‘Mr. Speaker:’ John McCormack of Massachusetts

By Ray Hill   “I have no hesitancy in insisting that Government in an emergency do everything that can reasonably be done to relieve human suffering and distress.” That was the philosophy of John William McCormack throughout his long political career and he lived by it. John W. McCormack of Boston was an old-fashioned politico.  […]

Focus on the Law: Amendment Two Recap

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The results from the November 4, 2104 election are still unofficial but preliminary results on Amendment 2 show 831,549 votes statewide in favor of the amendment and 533,522 against it. Amendment 2 amends Section 3 of Article VI of the Constitution of Tennessee to establish a modified federal plan […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I always wonder where my essay of the week will come from. When I had a traditional medical practice, patients frequently prompted a storyline. I see fewer patients now and practice concierge medicine with house calls from my truck. These days my essays are often stimulated by medical journals and, unfortunately, […]

Finding Food Funds in Ft. Lauderdale

By Joe Rector Yes, like so many others, I’m going to jump on Fort Lauderdale, as well as other cities, that have passed ordinances that forbid the feeding of homeless folks. The fact that I have to even address such a subject is a sad commentary on the world as it exists today. First of […]

Audit Committee Ignores School Board Request

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher Last week, Audit Committee member Commissioner Mike Brown, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the wasteful spending and misuse of our tax dollars by the McIntyre administration, ignored the unanimous request of the school board to conduct an external forensic audit of the school system […]

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