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  • Administrators make moves in area schools Published 5/18/2011 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments

    As one academic year ends, administrators in Blount County’s three school systems are beginning to look ahead to the fall term and filling vacancies that will occur due to retirements and reassignments. It was previously reported that Mike Casteel will ...

  • Record-breaking strut Published 5/16/2011 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    The Parent Teacher Organization at Sam Houston Elementary will be fulfilling a lot of teachers’ wishes after students raised a record amount of more than $30,000 at the annual Smokies Strut. “We came in over $30,000, a new record for ...

  • Eagleton Middle makes Spring Fling a community affair Published 5/16/2011 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments

    Some schools have carnivals just for their students. Spring Fling planners at Eagleton Middle School made sure even the youngest members of community who attend other schools felt welcome at their April 16 event. Planning committee member Rebecca Bitner said ...

  • Unselfish teamwork: Heritage Middle boys basketball team assists two Blount County charities Published 5/16/2011 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments

    The Heritage Middle School boys basketball team made their coach and athletic director proud recently when they took incentives intended as a reward for them and donated those funds to the Blount County Children’s Home and the Boys and Girls ...

  • Romberg, Pedersen take home top Alexander scholarship awards at MHS banquet Published 5/9/2011 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments

    Four years of academic achievement was signified by a gold stoles Wednesday night, May 4, as juniors, seniors, faculty and family filled the Airport Hilton for the Maryville High School Scholars Banquet. A total of 45 were honored during the ...

  • Maryville schools discussion on music curriculum has parents at crescendo pitch Published 5/4/2011 at 3:01 p.m. 69 comments

    What is being called a “work in progress” by Maryville school officials is nonetheless hitting a sour note for some parents of music students in the system. A trio of “design teams” is examining possible changes in course offerings that, ...

  • Carpenters Elementary students raise money for cancer patients Published 5/4/2011 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Pennies add up to dollars. Students at Carpenters Elementary School recently found out just how quickly those “pennies” can multiply into big numbers. The students held a fundraising drive at the school for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, using the ...

  • Baccalaureate for Heritage Published 5/4/2011 at 2:50 p.m. 0 comments

    Four years ago Debbie Sudhoff was attending an Alcoa High School baccalaureate service, and her daughter Caroline enjoyed the event so much, she couldn’t wait to attend her own. But Heritage High School didn’t have such a service. So Debbie ...

  • Showcasing success: Turnaround Achievement Awards celebrate positive changes Published 5/2/2011 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments

    Do the unexpected and always be prepared to improve. That was the message former Heritage High School All-American and Lady Vol Cait McMahan gave to students being honored at the Annual Turnaround Achievement Awards. When a knee injury ended her ...

  • Top Wrench competition welds technical and creative Published 5/2/2011 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Inclement weather couldn’t dampen enthusiasm. That was the assessment Top Wrench founder Joe Marshall gave for the 20th annual Top Wrench competition at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base on April 28. “We had 15 schools scheduled and only eight ...

  • Art show highlights best of K-8 Blount County artists Published 4/25/2011 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments

    The Blount County Schools board room was transformed into an art gallery Thursday night as students from county elementary and middle schools showed off their artwork to family and friends. The 12th Annual Blount County Elementary and Middle School Art ...

  • Top Wrench: High School mechanic competition cranks up at McGhee Tyson Published 4/25/2011 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments

    The roar coming from McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base Thursday morning, April 28, won’t be from a KC-135 jet, but rather a big block Chevrolet engine. High school students from throughout the region will converge on the base to ...

  • Setting sail: Vagabond Players at William Blount plan rollicking spring performance Published 4/4/2011 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments

    The Vagabond Players at William Blount High School have a two story cruise ship sailing through their theater. After they have “set anchor” on their production, however, that cruise ship will become a castle. The theater students will be using ...

  • Yancey keeps Eagleton Middle School eighth graders entertained Published 3/21/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    Students at Eagleton Middle School got the opportunity recently to meet a best-selling teen fiction author when Rick Yancey dropped by to speak with eighth graders at the school. “It went great, better than we had planned or had hoped,” ...

  • Bell, Wilson picked as finalists for Alcoa schools director Published 3/16/2011 at 2:03 p.m. 0 comments

    The Alcoa Board of Education is preferring to stay close to home in selecting a new director of schools for the system. From a pool of five who made it to the interview portion, two veteran educators were chosen as ...

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