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COCKE COUNTY—Good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and the Cocke County School System and Mayor Crystal Ottinger are committed to dedicating resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates.

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This is the last column in the three-part series on how to get your child ready and out the door for school while keeping your sanity.

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NEWPORT—Dr. Penny Schwinn, State Education Commissioner, visited Cocke County High and Newport Grammar School Wednesday afternoon.

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NEWPORT—Two new faces in the Cocke County School System this year are those of Holly Tungett and Kenny Cody, Site Coordinators for the non-profit Communities in Schools in Tennessee, whose focus is to help chronically absent students overcome obstacles to their school attendance.

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COSBY—Easton Ball, a Cosby High School junior, was among 36 high school students selected to attend the 30th annual High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute in Oak Ridge this summer.

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MORRISTOWN—Walters States Community College placed high in this year’s Wallet Hub annual survey of community colleges, and Tennessee came in at No. 10 on a listing of the best state-wide systems in the country.

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NEWPORT—The first community stakeholder meeting to launch the new Rural Accelerator Initiative in Cocke County was held on June 27. While the initiative broadly seeks to accelerate progress toward cradle-to-career outcomes for all students in Cocke County, the initial focus will be on kinder…

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NEWPORT—The Newport City School Board received the Board of Distinction award from the Tennessee School Board Association on Monday, July 16.

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NEWPORT—Cocke County’s Save the Children program recently received a Visionary Award from the Tennessee Public Health Association. The award recognizes individuals or groups who dedicate their time, talents and efforts to create a healthier community in which Tennesseans can live, work, and play.

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NEWPORT—A total of 180 students graduated from Cocke County and Cosby High Schools in May 2019 with a Work Ethic Diploma, the highest number of graduates achieving this goal in Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Greeneville, Hamblen, Hawkins, and Sevier County school systems.

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NEWPORT—In some ways, it seems like just a short time has elapsed since the idea of a complete restoration and upgrade of the Cocke County High School auditorium was first discussed.

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NEWPORT—As part of Save the Children’s work in partnership with Partners for Education at Berea College, Strive Together, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Cocke County Rural Accelerator Initiative was formed recently.

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NEWPORT—Transition from eighth grade to high school often elevates the stress levels of both students and parents. Often students find themselves leaving the comfort of smaller schools and being thrust into a setting with hundreds of additional students, new teachers, and different requirements.

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NEWPORT—Four people—Beth O. Freeman, Gordon Ball, Dr. Patti Ketterman, and the late Maxie Denton Wilson—were honored Thursday night by the Cocke County Education Foundation as recipients of their prestigious 2019 Celebrate Our Success award.

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NEWPORT—Newport City Director of Schools Sandra W. Burchette will continue in that position for the coming year after a unanimous decision by the Newport City Board of Education during their meeting Monday, March 18.

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NEWPORT—The safety of students and staff at Newport Grammar School was the primary discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Newport City Board of Education.

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COSBY—With the close of the 2017-2018 school year, members of the Cosby High School Academy continue to build a legacy of community service and outstanding achievements.

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COSBY—Over 120 students, parents, and friends gathered at the Woodshed on Tuesday, May 22, for Cosby High School’s Honors Night. Several members of the Class of 2018 received special recognition.

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NEWPORT—In August 2017, Save the Children expanded services provided to Cocke County through its Community Collaborative initiative. The goal of the program is to bring together all entities that are interested in improving education in the district.

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MARS HILL, N.C.—The Mars Hill University board of trustees introduced John Anthony “Tony” Floyd, J.D., on Friday, March 9, 2018, as the next president of Mars Hill University. Floyd will succeed Dan G. Lunsford, who retires at the end of the academic year. Floyd currently is executive vice p…