Don’t whine over self-stupidity

By Joe Rector Oh my, folks have such little sense these days. They also seem to be looking for something over which they can throw a conniption fit. Many of these individuals remind me of whiny little children who throw fits when they suffer for the acts that they’ve committed. Take, for instance, the recent […]

Super Subs: Steve Wilson

By Ralphine Major For a small, rural Knox County school, Bob Dagley’s roster for the 1964-65 Gibbs Eagles’ basketball team was loaded with talent.  While the starters may have led the way for the Eagles, Dagley is quick to praise the efforts of those super subs who could step in at crucial times when the […]

Focus on the Law: Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child may be adopted, parental rights must be terminated.  “Parental rights” are the rights to act as a parent, to care for, to name and to claim custodial rights with respect to a child.  If these rights are terminated, an adoption may take place and the adoptive parents will be able to legally […]

Superintendent picks fight with County Mayor

By Sally Absher Early morning commuters tuning into WOKI (98.7 FM) last week got an earful. On Tuesday Superintendent Jim McIntyre was a guest on the Hallerin Hilton Hill Show, along with BOE member Karen Carson and Chair Lynne Fugate. The Knox County School PR department used the victim card in an attempt to answer […]

KCS Board Retreat a Lesson in Civility

By Sally Absher The Knox County School Board met at Café 4 on Market Square this past Friday evening and Saturday for their annual “extended work session” retreat.  Dawn Ford of Consumer Awareness Management served as facilitator for the retreat. The nine member board, including four new members, was joined by Dr. McIntyre, and several […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee CASA Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national network of more than 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The original CASA program began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge came up with the idea of citizen volunteers representing the […]

Counting to Five

By Sally Absher Although the Board of Education’s Second District comprises only a little over 11% of Knox County in terms of population, the special election to replace Indya Kincannon on the BOE is perhaps the most closely watched – and feared – election this November. Knox County, like many communities with an appointed Broad […]

BOE Policy on Public Forum in the News Again

By Sally Absher There is no news like old news, as evidenced by a September 9 article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, “School Board to Enforce Policy Addressing Members.” BOE Policy BCBI, “Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board,” was discussed at several BOE meetings over the summer, as reported in a Focus article on […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I’m almost shamed to admit it, but I’ve stopped listening to Obama. As a Christian I can forgive him, but I cannot forget his repeated lies to our country. Actually, I pray for Obama, all our leaders, and even those of ISIS who are possessed by evil. I pray that […]