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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cocke School Board
Members of the Cocke County School Board meeting this week heard from Instructional Supervisor Amanda Waits, who detailed the new school district accountability program which has been developed for schools in Tennessee. The TCAP(Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) is part of the school and district accountability assessment. Each school will have different indicators that they will be scored on such as achievement, growth, ready graduate, chronically out of school, and English language learners performance. Waits says each school will receive a letter grade in each area and then the combined grade will rank the district from 'needs improvement', up to a ranking of 'improving and exceeding'. The board approved the application for a grant which is aimed at putting wireless points in all of the classrooms and libraries in the system. Educational Technology Instructor Patricia Shults said the project will begin at Cocke County High School, providing networking equipment and cabling throughout the school. The 85 percent grant will come from the E-Rate Fund, set up by the Federal Communications Commission, to provide technology to schools and libraries, who have a large percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The total cost of the project is $44,401, and so the local 15 percent match will be $6,800. Members also approved the purchase of rubber "Jelly Bean Mulch" at a cost of $14,840. The mulch has no sharp wires as does tire mulch, and meets state requirements for safety fall zones on pre-K playgrounds. The mulch will be placed at Centerview, Edgemont and Smoky Mountain Elementary Schools. The county schools spelling bee is set for 7 pm this evening at First Baptist Church in Newport.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Cocke County fires
  • Authorities search for man wearing a hoodie
  • Mullins charged
  • Bush Bean recall
  • Boyd to run across Tennessee
  • Gas prices to rise in the short term.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Fire/Rescue to get new building
  • Jefferson County eligible for FEMA aid
  • Effort to increase physical activity in Cocke County
  • Dunn to prosecute Sheriff Watson
  • Jefferson County motor home fire
  • FAFSA applications are up
  • Overbey to be US Attorney for East Tennessee
  • Senator Lamar Alexander votes for farm and research programs

    Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Partnership and EDC meeting
  • Revised healthcare law
  • Tennessee governors race
  • Lawsuit filed in Ferris wheel accident

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Lane sentencing
  • Assistance available to local farmers
  • ThreeStar award for Cocke County
  • Senate healthcare bill
  • Hot, Hot temperatures are predicted

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Cocke County budget discussions
  • Parrottsville fire
  • Financial literacy for Tennessee adults
  • Benanti receives lengthy sentence
  • Dunn/Ray arrest
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