South Knoxville businesses are reeling after this week’s announcement that the Henley Street bridge will remain closed through February of 2014. The Focus caught up with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett today, who informed us that he intends to request tax relief from Nashville for those businesses affected by the closure. T. Mahurin reporting.
Congratulations to the following students and programs for their hard work this season. Boys Academic Award: Karns Girls Academic Award: Carter Middle School and Powell Middle School (tie) Cheerleaders Academic Award: Halls Middle School
Knox County Board of Education member Indya Kincannon posted her online newsletter http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f6714b1f064103fbd84a03609&id=eaaf92b138 . In her newsletter she outlines her budget priorities, addresses Vine Middle School, and writes about school safety. The newsletter is an informative read.
According to PBA, they simply hired PCSD at the request of the Knox County Board of Education.
According to PBA’s Dale Smith, problems with the school security systems at Hardin Valley Academy and Powell Middle School were first identified in 2008.
Thomas Deakins requested a fresh audit on school security systems at today’s BOE meeting. “As a parent of 4 children in our system, I want to make sure our systems are working,” Deakins stated. According to Simplex-Grinnell, a comprehensive audit of all Knox County Schools, was conducted over the summer, and took three months to complete.
“We are going to hire an outside attorney, Ruth Ellis, to investigate this matter. She has on at least one occasion in the past worked with Knox County Schools in the past. ” Dr. Jim McIntyre
Due to the fact that 3 piers must be rebuilt, the bridge, which was originally scheduled to re-open later his summer, will remain closed until February 2014. Rebuilding the piers will add an estimated $6 million dollars to the $24.7 million dollar price tag.
Mike McMillan, East Knox County’s member of the Knox County Board of Education, responded to a story appearing in yesterday’s edition of The Knoxville News Sentinel. The Sentinel has published a series of stories detailing failures in a security contract and possible ties between schools Security Chief Steve Griffin and a security company doing business with the school system. McMillan explained he […]
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