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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City.

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  • IN THIS ISSUE

    CHS golden gradsBetsy Pickle covered the

    reunion of Central High Schools golden grads, and Ruth White previews the Halls High School band show. All this plus new teachers.

    See pages A-2 and 3

    Sterling takes the helm of ETABPA

    It has been only one month since Justin Sterling accepted the presidency of the East Towne Area Business and Professional Association. The smooth transition speaks vol-umes for the leadership of the group and the tight bond many of the members have formed.

    This business alliance has achieved much in a short time.

    Read Nancy Whittaker on page A-9

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    Central High health science teacher Chris Hammond receives chicken mini biscuits from Nancy Heatherly with the Central Baptist Church of Fountain City womens ministry. The ministry served breakfast to the faculty and staff on the fi rst offi cial day back. Photo by R. White

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    By Betty Bean Knox Countys law director is

    taking a close look at school board chair Lynne Fugates declaring an emergency at the August meeting to allow a vote on Knox County Schools fi ve-year strategic plan.

    Weve received a lot of ques-tions and complaints from the perspective of open-meetings laws and whether voting on a plan that doesnt take effect until 2015 fi ts the defi nition of an emergency, said David Buuck, chief deputy law director.

    Fugate declared the emergency after a one-minute meeting of the boards executive committee Superintendent James McIntyre and herself when Mike McMil-lan invoked personal privilege to postpone a vote for 30 days.

    McMillan said he wanted four new board members (who will be sworn in Sept. 1) to have a say. Invoking personal privilege is an established school board practice, most recently used by board mem-ber Indya Kincannon to postpone a vote on a textbook-censorship is-sue in 2010.

    With almost half of the board going to be new members next month, do you not think they would like to have an opportunity to take a look at this plan? What would happen if we didnt rush through it? Any penalties? Any fi nes? Would we lose any funds? McMillan asked.

    This school board has worked on this part plan for most of a year. Were about to start a new school year, and this is the time when people are planning. Hav-

    ing our strategic plan in place would be very benefi cial Mc-Intyre said.

    The strategic plan, titled Deep-ening Our Work: Excellence for Every Child, has been in the works for nearly a year, but the fi nal draft wasnt released until July 31 leaving scant time for in-terested citizens to study it, critics say. McMillan was responding to complaints that the present board members, four of whom are lame ducks, should not be setting policy for the new board.

    The plan was approved unani-mously, but it wasnt the only contentious matter at the August meeting. When asked whether all Knox County teachers had re-ceived minutes of meetings of the Teachers Advisory Group (which McIntyre formed in response to

    teachers complaints last fall) in a timely manner, McIntyre said that all teachers had received all the minutes from all the meet-ings. Lauren Hopson, an advisory group member and a leader of the teachers who have been speak-ing out against KCS policies, ap-proached the lectern to address the board. She stood silently at the front of the room until a security guard approached and ordered her to return to her seat.

    A few minutes later, McMillan asked Hopson returned to the lec-tern, and, struggling against tears, she warned the board that not ev-erything they were hearing was the truth. She told them that advi-sory board minutes had not been distributed in a timely manner t o KCS teachers, or even to board members.

    School board emergency vote under scrutiny

    Applicants Juanita Cannon, a retired principal

    with Knox County Schools who chaired the KCDC board and served on the Knoxville Chamber board. Holds a masters degree from UT.

    Emma Ellis-Cosigua, offi ce man-ager with JIG-Insurance Group, who facilitates a college-readiness class for middle-school children and an adult ESL class for immigrants. Her grandson attends Christenberry Elementary.

    Charlotte Dorsey, former principal; holds doctorate in education from UT; retired from KCS in 2003 and has worked for the state Department of Education to improve high priority schools. Was a candidate for school board in 2010 from District 7.

    John Fugate, vice president of Commercial Bank in Fountain City, a former principal in Claiborne County and an active member of the Foun-tain City Business and Professional Association.

    Laura Kildare, a former Knox County teacher currently working on her doctorate in special education. Has

    published extensively and been active in Knox County Education Association.

    Elizabeth Lane, a former employee of Texaco and Shell Oil, working in administration and supervision, and a volunteer locally with Friends of Literacy.

    Diana Ray, a former community-de-velopment manager for the local Girl Scouts Council, holds a bachelors degree from MTSU and is mother to a rising 1st-grader in KCS.

    Tracie Sanger, a special-education teacher for KCS and fi eld experience supervisor for Tusculum College. Co-founder of Shannondale Foundation. Would resign as teacher if appoint-ed/elected to school board.

    Jennifer Searle, a board member for the Knox County Council PTA Cloth-ing Center and school volunteer. Former PTA president and past presi-dent of North Hills Garden Club.

    Rick Staples, a Knox County deputy who helps inmates obtain a GED. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Knoxville City Council against Nick Della Volpe. Board member for Fraternal Order of Police.

    Replacing KincannonKnox County Commission to select

    interim board member

    By Sandra ClarkTen people have applied for

    County Commissions appoint-ment to replace Indya Kincan-non on the school board and others may be waiting for the November election. Fountain City activist and former Town Hall president Jamie Rowe is lining up support, but opted not to seek the appointment.

    Second District Commis-sioner Amy Broyles has coordi-nated applicants and says she could not be more pleased with the diversity, depth and quality of all the candidates.

    The League of Women Voters and the Knox County Education Association will host a public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

    14, at Gresham Middle School for residents of the second district. The forum will allow questions from the audience and 90-second responses. Each candidate will get a two-minute closing statement.

    At 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, following the regular work ses-sion at the City County Building, County Commission will inter-view applicants. The appoint-ment will be made on Monday, Aug. 25, at the commissions regular meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. The appointee will serve until the winner of the Nov. 4 special election is certifi ed.

    District 2 roughly encom-passes the Fulton and Central high school zones.

    Bean gloats a bitLawyers arent supposed to

    forum shop, but it happens. And theres going to be a bunch of it after the new Red-to-the-Roots judges take the bench next month, particularly in Chancery Court, Division II.

    See Betty Bean on page A-4

    50 years since Dickey debut

    If memory and the calendar are correct, we are approach-ing the 50th anniversary of Doug Dickeys fi rst team at Tennessee. Time for a reunion?

    Think about it 50 years since the conversion from single wing to T formation, and the Volunteers are again looking for a quarterback.

    Read Marvin West on page A-5

    This place is a zoo!Folks of all ages have

    stopped by the Knoxville Zoo this summer to partake of ice cream, to enjoy the splash pad and to watch the penguins slip and slide on the rocks by their watering hole.

    Come Aug. 16, the zoos resi-dents will welcome a different kind of party in the name of fundraising.

    Read Sara Barrett on page A-8

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