E-911 Radio Contract on hold

By Mike Steely   It’s not quite back to square one for a new radio system for the Knox County Emergency Communications District, but the board has voted to delay a final decision on the proposed $ 9 million contract bid from Harris Corp while more information about joining the Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System […]

Hopson Elected as KCEA President

  By Mike Steely   Lauren Hopson, the founder of Students, Parents and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK) and a teacher advocate who has been outspoken concerning Superintendent James McIntyre and school policies, has been elected by fellow Knox County Education Association (KCEA) members as their new president.   Hopson challenged current President Tanya Coats […]

Teacher Supply Depot Opens Jan. 24

On Saturday, Jan. 24, 7 a.m.-noon, Knox County Schools’ teachers, teaching assistants and nurses will have the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies when the Knox County Schools Teacher Supply Depot opens for the third time in the 2014-2015 school year.   The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County Schools’ teachers and others with […]

Column: (Mis)understanding Teacher Absences

By Sally Absher   Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Judging from the reaction to a couple of recent articles in the Knoxville daily paper about teacher absenteeism, this is still true.   The first article, “Understanding teacher absences: Overall numbers show decline, but some […]

“The Lion of White Hall” at Roundtable Meeting tonight

By Mike Steely Cassius Marcellus Clay, Kentucky’s controversial politician, Civil War ambassador to Russia, and emancipationist will be the topic of historian Ed Archer’s speech on Tuesday, January 13, before the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. Archer, the great-grandson of Confederate General James Jay Archer, is also noted for his demonstration of Civil War medical equipment. […]


  Talk about your festive holiday spirit! Friday’s Xfinity Christmas at Chilhowee Park boasts everything from 98 lighted trees to a 440-foot-long lighted tunnel to train rides, hayrides, roasted marshmallows and, of course, Old St. Nick.   Xfinity Christmas at Chilhowee Park – from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at Knoxville’s oldest park, 3301 […]

Donation information for bus accident victims

Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to assist with donations or other philanthropic efforts in memory of the victims of Tuesday’s bus accident may do so in the following ways:   Monetary donations:   TVA Credit Union has set up accounts for the families of Seraya Glasper and Zykia Burns. Simply call or visit any branch […]

Knox Area Rescue Ministries to Honor Homeless Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11th, Knox Area Rescue Ministries will host its annual Veteran’s Day dinner and recognition service to honor homeless veterans in the Knoxville area.   A special evening meal will be served, beginning at 4:30 p.m.  The veterans will be served by numerous KARM volunteers and by members of the Knox […]

Knoxville Bar Association Offers FREE LawTalk Program

WHAT IS LAWTALK? As a public service, the Knoxville Bar Association presents a series of LawTalk programs to help create better-informed citizens who understand what is involved in estate planning and administration.  The LawTalk series are free educational programs which offer the community an opportunity to learn more about planning for their own security and […]