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White Water Rafting season looking good

HARTFORD—Early numbers from the Cocke County Clerk’s office indicate the 2019 White Water Rafting season will be a good one.

That’s especially good news. In 2016 the county recorded an all time high of 202,871 paid customers which meant $405,742.00 flowed into county coffers, plus an additional $6,000.00 in permit fees paid by the dozen rafting companies.

Those numbers dropped significantly in 2017 when only 168,934 paid customer were recorded. Additionally one of the dozen rafting companies closed its doors which added a $500 loss to the permit fees collected.

Last year the number of paid customers rose to 185,376, and already the 2019 year has seen a rise in numbers over last year’s visitors.

The number of paid customers begins in March of each year and this year’s numbers almost tallied exactly with those of last year. In 2018, 1,429 paid customers were recorded. This year that number dropped by 5 to 1,424.

However April’s numbers more than doubled from those in 2018, from 2,394 in 2018 to 5,034 in 2019.

Since the rafting industry began in 1995, Cocke County has received $5,702,106, money that goes into the county’s general fund.

Moonshine Rod Run this weekend at City Park

Moore honored as Superintendent of the Year in First District

NEWPORT—Cocke County Director of Schools Manney Moore was named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year in the First District by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS).

Dale Lynch, TOSS Executive Director, presented a plaque to Moore during the Cocke County Board of Education meeting Thursday evening.

“Manney is a leader among leaders,” Lynch stated. “I don’t think there is any better or more distinguished honor than to be recognized by your peers.”

Moore, who just completed his 11th year, was nominated by his peers in the First District, which is made up of 17 other superintendents in upper East Tennessee.

“I also know as being a former superintendent, he (Moore) certaintely does not do that by himself. It takes a strong commitment from a board of education,” Lynch said. “We want to thank you as board members for continuing to work and serve the children of Cocke County and also your collaboration and to work with your superintendent.”

This is the first time that a Cocke County Director of Schools has received this honor.

“I am really appreciative,” Moore said. “Like Dale mentioned, I couldn’t do it without our board members, the people that work here, all of our teachers and staff members and stakeholders through the county.”

In other news, board members approved a number of requests during Thursday’s meeting.

The first request was for Title V programs to use allocated Title V funds to renew online subscription with Pearson AimsWeb Plus. The total cost was $16,495.

Members approved a request from Special Education to purchase 20 HP Chromebooks for a total cost of $4,935. In addition Special Education also requested to EdPlan Connect Easy IEP for $2,297 and to purchase from Public Consulting Group add-on services for an additional $6,500, all of which were approved as well.

Board members voted to meet again on Tuesday, June 25.

CLB to meet Monday night

NEWPORT—Members of the Cocke County Legislative Body will convene on Monday evening for its regular monthly session.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Cocke County Courthouse.

Only three items of new business face commissioners on Monday evening. The commission has requested First Call Ambulance Service representatives to attend the meeting from recent issues heard by the safety committee.

Finance Director Heather McGaha will address the commission in the use of NASPO as a cooperative and she will also address them on approving update purchasing policies and conflict of interest policies.

Cocke County Attorney Brittany Vick has requested a closed session with the commissioners at the end of the agenda.

Commissioners will also approve several property tax refunds, as well as hear its monthly reports from the various CLB committees, Cocke County Mayor and other organizations.