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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Corporal Punishment use in Tennessee schools being investigated
The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury says he will investigate the use of corporal punishment against students with disabilities in Tennessee public schools. Two state senators, Dolores Gresham, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and Rusty Crowe, chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, sent a letter earlier this week to Comptroller Justin Wilson requesting an investigation. "It has come to our attention that there is a disparity in the numbers of children with disabilities and children without disabilities with regards to disciplinary action including corporate punishment in Tennessee schools," the senators say. "It appears that children with disabilities are receiving disciplinary action including corporal punishment at a much higher rate," they argue. Tennessee is one of 22 states where corporal punishment is allowed, however public school districts decide whether or not to use corporal punishment. A ccording to state law, any teacher or school principal may use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any student to maintain discipline and order. So does the Cocke County School system use corporal punishment? Casey Kelly is Assistant Director of Schools for Cocke County said corporal punishment is used in local schools but it must follow protocol including the presence of a witness. It is not used frequently as a behavior modification because it is a last resort and the system prefers other forms of behavior modification.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Cocke Grand Jury
  • Fletcher Ervin obit
  • Agribusiness grants
  • Dolly to record children's CD
  • Cocke County energy grant

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • Tax freeze for seniors
  • KOA Lane fire
  • Lee touts vouchers
  • Seniors and opiods
  • Comments on Sunday officer involved shooting

    Monday, August 14, 2017

  • Shooting Update
  • Cocke County officer involved shooting fatality
  • McMahan charges are pending
  • Clevenger injured in Saturday incident
  • Morris arrested on drug charges
  • Help to protect the Golden-Winged Warbler
  • Gas prices expected top drop

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Smokies offers new education initiative
  • Roe recuperating following surgery
  • New truancy guidelines
  • Munsey sentenced

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Newport camper fire
  • Cocke and Newport schools closed for solar eclipse
  • Newport man is victim of hit and run
  • Medical helicopter costs
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