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Chamber Welcomes Administrative Assistant The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jackie Patton will be the new Administrative Assistant. She is a lifelong resident of Anderson County and has been married to her husband, Jason, for 16 years. They have 3 boys: Josh, Jeremiah, and Joe. Jackie is a football and soccer mom and a 2017 Leadership Anderson County graduate. Jackie notes, “I’m excited to be a part of the Chamber team as the new administrative assistant. I look forward to working with the community and getting to know the members of the Chamber”.


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Quality education options in Anderson County By Crystal Huskey As a parent living in Anderson County, I am more than happy with the education my children receive at our public schools. The school my kids attend is about two minutes away, and we have good relationships with school leadership and teachers. But I may not have chosen their school if I had based it off of school ratings on websites like Zillow and Trulia. Like home values — or “zestimates” on Zillow — these real estate websites are often misleading when it comes to the scores given to local schools. It isn’t that they’re wrong — they’re just not based on a lot of information. Zillow, and Trulia base much of their ratings on and the National Center for Education Statistics, which are based primarily off of test scores. And while test scores do offer insight into the quality of the school, they don’t tell the whole story. The arts, for example, aren’t factored into school ratings. Anderson County secondary schools have a vibrant music, choral and art program. Students have competed nationally and globally in these programs over the past few years, according to Anderson County Schools media relations coordinator Ryan Sutton. Anderson County High also offers one of the top career and technical schools in Tennessee, according to Sutton. It offers 16 programs of study that students can choose from. Recent achievements by students in the Anderson County and Clinton City School systems include: • The Norris Middle web design team qualified for state semifinals at the Technology Student Association conference

Norris Elementary: Norris Elementary students celebrate after performing an original interpretation of books by Dr. Seuss. • The Clinton High School Robodragons competed in the first Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional and won the quality award for machine robustness in concept and fabrication • The Anderson County High School band performed at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom • The Clinch River Community School, which is the county’s alternative school, was awarded exemplary status for exemplifying high-quality alternative education practices • Norwood Elementary’s student council met Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee at the State Capitol building • Both high schools in Anderson County have robust JROTC programs. Anderson County

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SCHOOLS continued High School has a well established Navy JROTC program and Clinton High School offers Air Force JROTC, according to Sutton. Many students in both programs have gone on to outstanding, highly decorated college, universities and military academies, and many students have entered the armed services. Schools in the Anderson County and City of Clinton school systems have small class sizes. Clinton Elementary goes through sixth grade and has more athletic programs than most elementary schools, according to Director of Schools Kelly Johnson. Those include basketball, bowling, cross country, track, swimming, dance, STEM, ORFF Ensemble and the Reading Society. They even have a college and career readiness program. updated their ratings system last year to include more than just test scores. Things like college readiness, availability of advanced courses, attendance and other things are now factored in, but not all schools have additional information available.

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Robotics: Clinton High School’s “Robodragons” competed in the Smoky Mountain Regional in March. They won the quality award for machine robustness in concept and fabrication. If you’re looking for a new home and basing it off of a school rating, do what you would when you look for a house. Do a few tours; stop by and visit. Don’t make a decision based off of a statistic.

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North Clinton Elementary School student wins’ honorable mention Over 270 students from across Tennessee submitted an original design for the annual bookmark contest, sponsored by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, (TASL). The theme of this year’s contest was “Everyone Belongs at Your School Library.” Through a collaborative effort between NCES Librarian Janie Jackson and Art teacher Ashley Webb, students participated in creating a bookmark that represented the theme. Student entries were judged by illustrator Kris Sexton in the categories of creativity, execution of the theme, and use of materials. North Clinton 4th grader Elissa Sophack received honorable mention in the intermediate division. She received 25 bookmarks with her design, an enlarged copy, and an award certificate. Ms. Jackson received 100 bookmarks of Elissa’s winning design and an enlarged copy.

Elissa said, “I used crayons of every color. They represent people of every color, and that they belong, no matter how they look or what they believe.” Ms. Jackson said, “I am so excited for Elissa! This is the first year that we have had an entry to win.” Copies of Elissa’s bookmark will also be sent to the Tennessee State Legislature and distributed to librarians across the state at the TASL conference this fall.

North Clinton 4th grader Elissa Sophack received honorable mention in the intermediate division

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Express Employment takes Second Chance Program to Clinch River Community School

Angie Shumaker, Branch Manager, of our local Clinton Express Employment Professionals office The Clinton Express Employment Professionals were honored to be apart of helping to talk about just “HOW” drugs, alcohol , the High School level can play such a life changing role in their future efforts. We talked about how that so many people that are known for their successes also started with failures. Such as Walt Disney being told that he would never be creative enough and was fired by his first newspaper job in Missouri. Bill Gates with a net worth of over $91 Billion dollars, failed along with Paul Allen in their first adventure. We shared that no matter who told them that they can not be succesful or that they won’t

amount to anything...that TODAY was the first day of the rest of their lives. That by making a decision to put every negative comment and/or thought behind them and looking forward and not back, they can be whatever they set their mind too. Below is an insert from Dallas Stults: Express Employment: On April 2, the Express Employment staff came to Clinch River Community School and presented a

program entitled “Second Chances” to a group of students in my counseling classes. The two well prepared and professional presenters were Angelia Shumaker and Kaytlin Terry. The students were given tips on utilizing their choices for a positive re-start in life.The commitment and passion exhibited by both ladies will serve as an encouragement for participants to consider Express Employment as a future resource. “The Express Employment staff is greatly appreciated for their service to our school and their willingness to use their expertise for positive change in youth,” said Dallas Stults, CRCS Counselor.

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Norwood Elementary’s Visit to Nashville The Norwood Elementary Student Council visited the state capitol on March 28th. Their the eleven students served as Tennessee State Senator pages for Lt. Governor Randy McNally and Senator Ken Yager. Upon their early arrival, the students were briefed about what they would be doing for the senators during their session. Their primary duties for the day was to deliver correspondence between the senators and to take the legislative materials to the proper offices to later be signed by the Governor. After serving as pages, the Student Council met with Governor Bill Lee on the steps of the Capitol. The students had a great time joking about how hard it would be to be a politician because they would “have to get up so early to make it to Nashville from Oliver Springs.”

The students enjoyed asking him questions about what it was like to be Governor and if he liked the job. Once the meet and greet was over

with the Governor, the students returned to the capitol building for a private tour. The students had the opportunity to learn about

the 3 presidents from Tennessee. (Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk) Upon learning about these presidents, the students were stunned to find out that James K. Polk and his wife are buried on the property. As one could imagine, the students had a ton of great questions about why he was buried there as well as a questions about how and why he has been moved multiple times. Finally, before going home, the students visited the new renovated Tennessee State Museum. Where they had the opportunity to see some of the newest interactive exhibits that tell the story of Tennessee from its first recorded artifacts to its significant influence on modern music. (To see all the pictures of the Student Council’s trip visit to see all the pictures from the trip).

Innovative Learning Stations at Anderson County High School Scattered around the entrance to the auditorium at Anderson County High on Thursday March 28th, one could find ACHS seniors talking and sharing their passions at over 11 Learning Stations. The students were excited about sharing what they loved. As suggested by David Ginsburg, “Learning Centers enable students to interact in a relaxed setting, and empower them to navigate the learning environment on their own and in diverse groups. Well-chosen activity centers accommodate different learning styles, and allow students to self-direct as they apply skills and strategies in fun, engaging ways.” These students certainly applied their skills and each station was fun and engaging. Stations included lessons on “How to Build a Robot”, The Best Places to Hike in East Tennessee, Tips on being a Better Boxer, How to Wax your Eyebrows, The Benefits of Hiking, How to communicate with Students with Special Needs, How to Make the Best Mississippi Mud Cake, and How to Be a Gentleman- This is just to name a few. Make sure to to get a more in depth look at these learning stations by visiting and viewing the video.



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AC Chamber 3rd Grade Manufacturing Art Contest The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Third Grade Manufacturing Art Contest across both Anderson County and Clinton City Schools. The purpose of this project was to expose third graders across our county to introductory concepts regarding industry in our area while integrating art standards. The Education Workforce Committee collaborated with Allison Swanner, Clinton City Schools art teacher and Allison Greenhouse, Anderson County art teacher to implement the inaugural year of this contest. Students were asked to summarize several concepts of manufacturing into a picture using a variety of art mediums. They created some amazing representations!

The winner at each school will have their framed piece of art work displayed in a local industry.

Congratulations to the following school winners: Clinton City Schools Clinton Elementary – Ben Helus North Clinton Elementary – Lindsey Rogel Guadarrama South Clinton Elementary – Lexi Wright Anderson County Schools Andersonville – Shay Myers Claxton – Chloe Coleman Dutch Valley – Macy Gamble Fairview – Evan McClure Grand Oaks – Aubrey Webb Norris – Leah Goins Norwood – Paisley Foster

CES Students Finding Town Springs Solution Sixth grade students are working hard to design a solution to the algae problem in Town Springs Pond. They have collected samples of water and algae from the pond. Testing has shown that phosphorous levels and turbidity are healthy, while nitrate levels are very high. Students have identified the types of algae growing in the pond and researched conditions that empower

the algae to grow. Having discovered that high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous, along with plenty of sunlight aid in the growth of the algae, students worked collaboratively to design a solution. They designed and are building a model of the pond in their classroom to test their first hypothesis. Stay tuned! There is much more to come as the students explore and test possible solutions….

GRAB-and-GO BREAKFAST: Fueling Academic Success On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 CES celebrated the introduction of the “Grab-and-Go” serving cart for breakfast. The cart was contributed to CES by the Pepsico Foundation via the support of the Diary Alliance. With the support of the Pepsico Foundation and the Dairy Alliance, Clinton City Schools is able to increase the number of children starting their day with a nutritious breakfast. This system wide initiativeincreasing breakfast participation- will benefit our students in the classroom through: • Improved concentration • Better test scores • Increased cognitive speed • Improved problem solving skills • Increased energy • Healthy body weight Please support the value of a nutritious breakfast at school through our new “Grab-and-Go” offering as well as through our traditional cafeteria service.

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Today’s Woman Expo celebrates small business in Anderson County

The Anderson County ‘Today’s Woman Expo’ celebrated small businesses dedicated to women on April 6. The annual spring event was held at the Hollingsworth Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and featured businesses like Johnson & Co. General Store, The Stair Agency, Clinch Valley Crossfit and many others. The biggest hits were the fashion show and beauty pageant, according to coordinator Marsha

Stapleton. Around 300 people came to the event, an increase of 100 over last year. “A lot of people liked the new location,” Stapleton said. “Everyone seemed happy with it.” The fashion show, sponsored by The Stair Agency, featured clothing from local boutiques Southern Chick, Southern Gossip, Johnson & Co. General Store, Bubblegum Betties and Lula Roe. Next year, Stapleton said organizers may add a cooking demonstration.



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