"This is all a bunch of B.S. if people think there’s some hoodoo in there."
—Knox County school board Chairwoman Lynne Fugate commenting to the News Sentinel on whether the political influence of the Emerald Youth Foundation’s board of trustees played a role in getting school board approval for the Emerald Academy. (It includes Gov. Bill Haslam, among other heavy hitters.) School officials estimate the county’s first charter school may require $4.8 million in public funding.