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A great community newspaper serving Karns and Hardin Valley



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    VOL. 6 NO. 33 A great community newspaper August 13, 2012

    Lane Kiffi n revisited (again)

    About the time Lane Kif-fin landed in Los Angeles and used mattresses were going out in Knoxville, Marvin West writes, I told myself not to waste any more words on the boy coach who wanted to be Steve Spurrier.

    But, Marvin says, a ques-tion was obviously poetic:

    Wonder where the Vols would be if Kiffin had stayed at Tennessee?

    See Marvins story on page A-5

    Miracle makerBetty Bean kicks off a new

    Shopper-News series high-lighting remarkable people and programs in Knox County Schools by profiling Holston Middle School principal Tom Brown.

    See Beans story on page A-9

    Coff ee breakThe word that describes Kel-

    ley Grabill best is volunteer, not only because she loves the Vols football team, but because she is always volunteering in the Karns community.

    She has volunteered since her son, Rob, began playing sports at age 5, helping coach his Little League team. She was the team mom, statistician and the league secretary for several years. She organized the fi rst ever opening day at the ball fi eld. You can say that got me hooked with organiz-ing events, she said. I am very involved in my childrens activities.

    See page A-2

    Cheers to DeeDeeFormer UT womens track

    star DeeDee Trotter won the 2012 Olympic bronze medal in the 400-meter race.

    See Theresas story on page A-3

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    Fun Fest at Hillside Baptist Church

    By Theresa EdwardsHillside Baptist Church

    invited the community to its annual two-day Fun Fest Aug. 2-3 before back-to-school time.

    The parking lot turned into a festival, with in-flatable slides and bounce house, merry-go-round,

    dunking booth, basket-ball and sno-cones. In-side, the church provided a pizza party after Sunday service.

    One highlight was the chance to dunk pastor Terry Richard, at $1 dona-tion per shot for the activ-ity fund. Ooh, that wa-

    ters cold! he said, saying that as soon as the sun warmed him up, he would get dunked again.

    Everyone was thank-ful for the sunny weather and had fun, especially Chelsey Goddard and Drake Hesseling who won bikes.

    The Dyer family enjoys the pizza party at Hillside Baptist Churchs Fun Fest. Pictured are (front) Abby, Chloe; (back) Derek, Alivia and Elaine. See more fun photos on page A 7. Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

    School leadership is key

    Dr. Jim McIntyre says his hiring decisions are based on whats best for kids and the educational program. Photo by Ruth White

    To page A-3

    McIntyre outlines selection process

    By Jake Mabe Superintendent Dr. Jim

    McIntyre said selecting school administrators is the most important thing I do and I take the job of putting the right school leaders in the right place seriously.

    McIntyre said he person-ally interviews each one.

    Its that important. Its not something I take lightly and I make the decision based on whats in the best interest of the school and particularly of the children.

    Responding to recent Shopper-News stories in which we questioned per-sonnel decisions at Shan-nondale Elementary and Halls High, McIntyre said there are times when he has to make diffi cult decisions.

    He says principal Jack Nealy brings to Shannon-dale what it needs to be a continuing success.

    Jack has a great way in terms of working with teachers, parents and stu-

    dents to feel great pride and to ensure that the school is focused on stu-dent learning.

    Mike Wise, a special education teacher at Har-din Valley Academy, has replaced Jason Webster as assistant principal at Halls High. McIntyre said Wise did excellent work in the Great School Partnerships Summer Bridge Program and was recommended by Halls High principal Mark Duff.

    McIntyre acknowledged different philosophies about leadership.

    I believe its good to keep a principal in place for plenty of time but I also think its valuable for as-sistant principals to have a variety of experiences and broad leadership.

    McIntyre praised the Charting the CourSE ses-sions held the week of July 30, saying it gave him a chance to talk to 4,000 Knox County educators about the new common core curriculum and how that impacts what were

    doing, that there is a logi-cal, coherent alignment between the new curricu-lum and the school sys-tems strategic plan.

    It was a wonderful op-portunity for me to talk to our teachers in one weeks time. I talked a little more about myself personally and got some positive feedback.

    This was confi rmed by a teacher who said, It was the best job Ive ever seen Dr. McIntyre do with this kind of thing.

    Diffi cult decisionsMcIntyre fi lled 53

    school-level administra-tive positions for this aca-demic year, leaving 30 for-mer principals or assistant principals unassigned to administration. Many re-tired or quit, two went to the Leadership Academy, but some were reassigned to the classroom.

    That process was brutal.A veteran administrator

    told us:I was called to Dr. Mc-

    Intyres office and placed at a conference table. He came into the room (along with two others) and said, Youre a nice (person), but not a good fit. Im placing you back in the classroom.

    He got up and left and that was it. I gave my heart and soul to (my school) and didnt even get a hand-shake for the trouble.

    Instead, this adminis-trator will take a multi-thousand dollar pay cut.

    Seeking legal recourse,the educator discoveredthat Tennessee is a right-to-work state, which in partmeans a superintendent isnot required to give a rea-son for personnel changes.

    Currently, 29 lawsuitsare pending against KnoxCounty Schools, 11 ofwhich were fi led by staffon personnel issues, ac-cording to Law DirectorJoe Jarret. Others includepersonal injury cases asteachers are not eligiblefor workers compensa-tion.

    A Nashville law fi rm hasbeen hired by the Tennes-see Education Associationto handle lawsuits on be-half of its members. Court-ney Wilbert, a partner inthat fi rm, said no casesare currently set, althoughfi ve cases were consolidat-ed and heard in April byChancellor Daryl Fansler.

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