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Friday, August 09, 2019

Cocke County School Board
Do you want to drive a school bus ? At the Thursday evening meeting of the Cocke County School Board, members were told there are 46 bus routes but only 40 drivers. That means some drivers will be required to make multiple runs. "If you know anyone who wants a job, we are hiring," said Assistant Director of Schools Casey Kelley. Kelley said the system also has received $245,000 in new funding to hire seven new school resource officers. When those officers are in place, likely by January there will be an SRO at every school in the county. Before an officer can go into a school he/she must complete the law enforcement academy. The county will be required to provide about $26,000 in matching money. But after the first year, the cost for school safety should not increase except for annual raises. Kelly said some of the current school security guards also will be retained to provide security outside of the schools. Members also heard from Kim Guinn, who directs the Advancing Wellness And Resilience in Education Program (AWARE). The local program received a five year grant of $285,000 annually. The program is targeted at distressed counties and currently there are only seven school systems in the state offering the program. Cocke County is the only AWARE program in East Tennessee. Guinn said all school personnel will be responsible for identifying students who might benefit from the program. "The first priority will be to address issues that are barriers to students getting to school. "We look at reasons for school absence including food, clothes, utilities as well as the family as a whole," she explained. The program was developed as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, with an eye to targeting mental health issues in the student population. "That will come a little later after we set up a partnership with our mental health professionals who will be in the school to meet with students. The program has six goals working with social workers and school based mental health therapists."

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Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Jefferson County fatality
  • Cocke County pursuit
  • Weisend assault

    Friday, August 16, 2019

  • Governors Rural Opportunity Summit
  • Motorcycle crash
  • Cocke County fire and marijuana
  • Jobless numbers in July
  • West is executed

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Carver's Apple House damaged
  • Cocke County Grand Jury
  • Inmates charged
  • Governor's Rural Opportunities Summit
  • Endangered Species Act

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • Newport City Council
  • Cocke County Finance Committee

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Williams injury
  • Large barn/apartment destroyed by fire
  • Tennessee tourism continues to grow
  • Gas prices continue to drop
  • Hembree incident
  • Abortion bill

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