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(Because we are at the beginning of another school year, the next three columns will be reprints of previous columns offering hints and tips on how to get your kids ready and out the door for school.)

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MORRISTOWN—Walters State Community College’s Department of Music and Theatre will hold auditions for the fall production of “Mr. Burns” at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. The play will be produced in October.

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It takes a team effort for children to be successful in school. The teacher’s role is carried out primarily at school, while the parents’ real impact happens mostly at home.

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MORRISTOWN—“Celebrating Literacy: Collaboration in Action” is the 10th Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference, hosted by Walters State on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will leave with “take it to the classroom” advice from

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MORRISTOWN—All campuses of Walters State Community College will open late on Monday, Aug. 19, to allow employees to attend the fall convocation.

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A man was traveling alone with his preschool grandson when the boy lost interest in his toys and other distractions in the airport. Disruptive behavior was imminent. Grandpa was losing his patience and was working hard not to raise his voice.

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Employers say they have trouble finding new hires with good oral communication skills. But relatively few schools explicitly teach those skills, and even fewer teach them with real-world workplace scenarios.

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MORRISTOWN--Walters State Community College plans a fall semester Adult Learner Kickoff Monday, Aug. 5, on the Morristown Campus. The event is free and will be held in the R. Jack Fishman Library. Students can come anytime between 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

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MORRISTOWN--Upcoming noncredit classes offered by Walters State Community College include A Supervisor’s Toolkit, OSHA Safety Training and Construction Safety Training, ISO 9001, and drone certification. For information or to register for any class, contact Kellie Hendrix at Kellie.Hendrix@w…

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Leland Michael was feeling pretty jaded one morning as two different sets of parents stopped him in the school supplies aisle to complain about how much they had to get their kids this year.

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Taking part in extracurricular activities offers significant academic, social, and emotional benefits for students.

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According to Steven Singer, there is a narrative spun by “reformers” that American schools are in “crisis” and are “failing” based on international test scores.

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GREENEVILLE—The emergency medical technician (EMT) course will be offered at Walters State Community College’s Niswonger Campus in Greeneville this fall.

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HARROGATE—Lincoln Memorial University has announced the names of students earning Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2019 semester. To achieve this rank, a student must be a full-time undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.

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Starting in the early 1990s, voucher proponents promoted the idea that vouchers help students learn.

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MORRISTOWN—Walters State Community College has appointed Jason Wilder of Jonesborough to serve as its new veterans coordinator. Wilder served as a Marine for 8 years and previously served as records coordinator at East Tennessee State University.

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Teaching confident speaking and communication skills to middle-school students can lay the groundwork for greater success even before they enter high school and also help them prepare for college or a career.

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NASHVILLE—McKenzie Hope Jones, daughter of Heather Jones, an employee of Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District, is a local recipient of the $3,000 Leslie B. Enoch, II Scholarship.

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“Failure is not an option” is the tag line of the 1995 film Apollo 13. However, it is certainly not the theme of Tennessee’s testing vendors.

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MORRISTOWN—Walters State Community College’s occupational therapy assistant program is celebrating two major milestones: the first graduates and accreditation.

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NEWPORT—An average of 30 students per day attended the 2019 Summer STEM Academy held recently to prepare incoming high school freshmen be better equipped for their future science courses.

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MORRISTOWN—Walters State Community College will offer popular general election courses at Cocke County High School and at Cherokee High School in Hawkins County during fall semester.

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Cassidy L. Allen, Jarred M. Alley, Mikayla G. Alley, Lily K. Asbury, Callie D. Atkins, Curtis W. Atkins, Teanna L. Ball, Xavier M. Ball, Alexis B. Barbee, Chase L. Barger, Jordan A. Barton, Heavan M. Baxter, Abigail M. Becker, Ruth L. Becker, Donte C. Belton, Kaitlin L. Bible, Jalina R. Bish…

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HARROGATE, TN—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) awarded 571 degrees during its Spring Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Tex Arena on the main campus in Harrogate. Noted Lincoln and Civil War historian Dr. Allen Guelzo delivered the commencement address and received the Univ…

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that kids spend up to seven hours a day on screens. With summer vacation there is an increased amount of free time available for using computers and mobile devices.