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MORRISTOWN—Chelsay Burns, an agricultural education major from Newport, has received the highest student honor from Walters State Community College. She is the 2020 President’s Outstanding Student award recipient.

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NEWPORT—With the gradual reopening of businesses, churches, and schools, members of the Newport City Board of Education, meeting Monday, May 18, in the Newport Grammar School auditorium, discussed possible ways to celebrate the graduation of NGS eighth-graders.

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When the last Count Down to Kindergarten article was published, March was poised to be an exciting and busy month for families with children entering kindergarten in August, 2020. Kindergarten registration was scheduled for March, as well as the “You Already Have What It Takes!” family summi…

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Through a partnership with the state’s PBS stations, Tennessee students have access to daily instructional content during COVID-19 school closures. This program began on April 6 for grades 1-6 on your local PBS station.

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NEWPORT—Sandra W. Burchette, a local educator with over 40 years experience, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator, will continue in her role as Director of Newport City Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

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NEWPORT AND COSBY—Even though approximately 5,000 Cocke County school children, ranging from grades K-12 and coming from two separate school systems, found themselves on an unexpected two-weeks’ vacation from school this week, quick and determined planning and preparation by a legion of loca…

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COCKE COUNTY—It was a welcome surprise for the Cocke County School System when they received a call from SYKES in Morristown offering to donate 200 Dell computers to help replace aging tech equipment.

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MORRISTOWN—President’s Day makes Dr. Timothy Holder, professor of history at Walters State Community College, very happy. The federal holiday gives him another chance to talk about one of his favorite subjects: American presidents.

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NEWPORT—Cocke County High School senior Derek Driskill has been named to the Niswonger School for the Class of 2024, one of six East Tennessee students in Northeast Tennessee to receive this prestigious Niswonger Scholar award.

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NEWPORT—Should parent notes still count as an excuse for a child/children to miss school? That is a question the Cocke County Board of Education will have to consider in the next few months.

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Welcome to the third month of “Count Down to Kindergarten,” the awareness program developed by the Rural Accelerator Initiative leadership team to help parents know what is expected of children entering kindergarten and to help the children be prepared for the transition to school.

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NEWPORT—An upset parent from Cosby addressed the county school board Thursday with complaints of her child’s bus being continuously late. The concerned parent also discussed the lack of response from several calls placed to the bus garage and school board office about the issue.

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Welcome to the second month of “Count Down to Kindergarten,” the awareness program designed by the Rural Accelerator Impact leadership team to help parents know what is expected of children entering kindergarten and to help the children be prepared for the transition to school.

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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.