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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cocke County School Board
At the Cocke County School Board meeting Thursday, Assistant Director of Schools Casey Kelley reported that plans are in place to put sidewalks on Hedrick Drive in the Spring. Kelley was told by Newport City Planner Gary Carver that the new city budget includes funding for the project. Attendance Supervisor Dennis Balch told the board that a new state attendance law will be in effect next year, which will tighten up on truancy issues. He said the law reduces the number of allowable missed days, from the current five to just three. The board spent some time addressing the issue of a faculty dress code. There have been concerns that a few teachers wear clothes that are not permitted for students. Members considered the Hamblen County dress code which meets state standards, as well as regulations of the School Board's Association. There also were questions regarding the regulation of body piercings, hair color, and tattoos. Kelley said principals all have different issues to consider in their individual school. Still they want a policy which gives them the authority to handle dress issues, but with the authority to "tweak" it for their school. "This is the first time I've heard of this being an issue," said member Richard Coggins. "This is the responsibility of the principal." Member John Johnson questioned the portion of the regulation which prohibits blue jeans. He argued that such attire can be professional, and at certain times blue jeans are the best attire. Chair Rose Lovell expressed concern that some principals may be restrictive with regard to attire and others less so. That she said would be unfair to the teachers who would not have a standard policy system wide. Eventually, the board decided against instituting a policy for staff. The board did approve a plan to put in a new computer lab at the Centerview Elementary School, at a cost of $25,017.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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  • Jefferson Circuit guilty pleas
  • Smoking costs are high
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  • Newport Home grant

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
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  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
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    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee
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