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End Of School Balancing Act For Educators

These final weeks of school are a balancing act, making the most of valuable instruction time, fun activities and planning for next year. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said school does not end, it just shifts, even after the last day. He said teachers are focused on hitting standards for next year and providing activities that allow students ... Read More »

As Testing Begins, Parents Can Help Students Be Ready

As school districts prepare for the start of state testing Monday, parents can help prepare students by encouraging good sleep and positivity. Putnam County Schools Data and Testing Supervisor Jason Stickler said the most important thing a parent can do is encourage their child to get a good night’s rest the night before a test. He said parents can also ... Read More »

Holman: Test Preparation Begins Long Before Spring

Overton County Director of Schools Donnie Holman said sticking to the planned curriculum all year long better prepares students for testing than ramping up right before the testing window. Students across the Upper Cumberland are preparing for April testing. Holman said he has stressed to teachers that they must make every moment count, starting in August. He said cramming right ... Read More »

McMinnville Fire Department Begins Testing Fire Hydrants

The McMinnville Fire Department and Water Department began their annual fire hydrant testing Monday. The fire department’s goal is to ensure safety in the area by testing the hydrants. Chief Kendall Mayfield said testing should last multiple weeks. “It is to make sure that the hydrants are in a good working position and then we can take the reading off ... Read More »

Teachers Hopeful For Student Success During Testing Week

Tuesday marks the beginning of state testing season in schools, which can be one of the most stressful parts of the year for teachers. Tristan Stafford teaches 3rd Grade at Celina K-8 school. She said that the stress is a combination of scores reflecting on her, and wanting success for her students. “You can see the looks on their faces ... Read More »

Engineers Testing Sparta Water Plant To Find Wiring Issue

Engineers are testing Sparta’s Water Plant to find out why the motors overheat. Public Works Dillard Quick said H & D Engineering found wiring issues but need to locate the cause. “Some of the test he is wanting to run he’s suggesting us to not turn it back on, but we’ve got our other motors in the other building that ... Read More »

Mayor Considering Vaccine Bonuses, Weekly Testing For Livingston Employees

Bonuses for being vaccinated and weekly testing for the unvaccinated are on the table for Livingston city employees. Mayor Curtis Hayes said with roughly 43 percent of his employees vaccinated, it is straining the police department, airport and public works. Hayes said he checked with his department heads about the effectiveness of this potential order. “It was my idea and ... Read More »

Van Buren Schools To Begin In-House COVID Testing Through Grant

Van Buren County High School looks to begin in-house COVID testing. Director of Schools Cheryl Cole said the district received some $200,000 through a CDC grant making the operation possible. “They are not rapid test, but they only take about a day, and it’s through the health department,” Cole said. “It will pay for the nurses salary for this year. ... Read More »

Celina K-8 Celebrate Improved Math Skills and Strong Reading Skills

Celina K-8 is no longer a target school because of its success in math during the last testing cycle. Tennessee targets schools for improvement when there is poor performance in a subject. Principal David Maxfield said the school took its math score from a one to a three. “That was huge, that was a huge celebration here,” Maxfield said. “Then ... Read More »

Putnam Health Department Moving COVID Clinic Back To Fairgrounds

COVID testing and vaccination clinic through the Putnam County Health Department will relocate to the fairgrounds starting Monday. The entrance for both testing and vaccines will be on Walnut Avenue. COVID PCR testing will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. COVID self-testing available Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. COVID vaccines will ... Read More »