When Blount County Schools Director Alvin Hord got out of his car at Everett Learning Opportunity Center on May 3, he instinctively checked to see if his shirt was tucked in properly.
The Everett High School alumnus was only practicing the high standards of appearance and behavior he said were taught while he attended the school. "I have memories of lots of people who touched my life. When I come on campus, I want to make sure my shirt is tucked in. I had a direct relationship with corporal punishment here," he said as about 35 people laughed during a reception and ribbon cutting at the alternative schools new library.
Hord said his goal was for the schools students to have the same opportunities as students at other schools. The dedication of a library for the students is one step in the right direction, said personnel at the ribbon cutting for the library room.
Dr. Brian Bell, supervisor of technology, facilities, K-12 librarians and text books, helped pull the project together, with help from the Mountain Heritage Reading Association, principal Steve Moser, special education teacher Sandy Anderson, and the staff and faculty at the center. The project began when Anderson told Hord the school needed books at one of Hords monthly lunch meetings.
Jerry Tipton of the Blount County Schools maintenance department built the shelves for the room. Bell hopes to get a new library computer with "check-out software" for the facility and also needs three more computers to go with the one computer they have, he said.
Artist Karen Brackett, with assistance from 15-year-old Kenny Trotter, painted a mural on one wall that features a glimpse of the schools history as Everett High School.
Virginia Hutchens Loflin, a graduate of Everett High School, remembers how the school got the cannon pictured in the mural on the wall of the new Everett Learning Opportunity Center library and shared the story. Both of Virginias parents taught at Everett High School until it closed. Her father, Rev. L.G. Hutchens, taught Bible and U.S. history; her mother taught Home Economics.
Everett grad remembers cannon
By Virginia Hutchens Loflin
In the fall of 1966, as the school year began at Everett High School, yellow No. 2 pencils scribbled furiously in the hallways, during lunch, during class, and even after school.
The students were all writing "Lays Meats Sloppy Joes."
A company in Knoxville was sponsoring a contest for area high
schools. The school with the most paper entries would win a
fully-functional, firing, booming cannon. Everett won the contest, and,
for years, the cannon boomed every time the
Bulldogs scored a touchdown!