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In news today…
Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, is excited to announce the Cleveland City Schools’ District Level Teachers of the Year, Principal of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. These individuals were chosen based on their outstanding service to Cleveland City Schools and will represent the school system in the next round of state level competitions.
Mr. Rob Jenkins, 4th Grade teacher at George R. Stuart Elementary School, has been selected as the Cleveland City Schools’ Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mr. Jenkins is in his 4th year of teaching at George R. Stuart Elementary School and for Cleveland City Schools.
Mrs. Ali Creel, Special Education teacher at Cleveland Middle School, has been selected as the Cleveland City Schools’ Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Creel is in her 14th year with Cleveland City Schools and previously worked at Cleveland High School, Blythe-Bower Elementary School, and E.L. Ross Elementary School. Ali has spent her last 7 years teaching Special Education at Cleveland Middle School.
Mrs. Susan Rodriguez, Spanish teacher at Cleveland High School, has been selected as the Cleveland City Schools’ High School Teacher of the Year. Susan is in her 5th year teaching Spanish at Cleveland High School and for Cleveland City Schools.
Dr. Stephanie Stone, Principal at Yates Primary School and E.L. Ross Elementary School, has been chosen as the Cleveland City Schools’ Principal of the Year. Stephanie has worked for Cleveland City Schools for 15 years. She has previously served Cleveland City Schools as a teacher for 5 years, curriculum coordinator for 1 year, and assistant principal for 6 years prior to becoming a principal. Dr. Stone is in her 3rd full year as a principal for Cleveland City Schools.
Dr. Joel Barnes, Supervisor of Federal Funds and Professional Development, has been chosen as the Cleveland City Schools’ Supervisor of the Year. Dr. Barnes has worked in Cleveland City Schools for 17 years with 6 years as teacher, 2 years as an assistant principal, and 5 years as the Principal at Blythe-Bower Elementary School. Dr. Barnes is currently serving in his 4th year as a supervisor for Cleveland City Schools.
Also in news today…
The Bradley County Schools Board of Education met covering several items of business. Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash reported this week is School Board Appreciation Week, and thanked the board for their support. Dr. Belt from Walker Valley High School presented a plan for re-approval to the board for work on the gym floor. There is a change in the cost because of a leak as well as the cost of supplies. The leak, and roof issue causing it, will be resolved before the gym floor work will proceed. This is expected to take place over the summer. The work will be paid for by internal Walker Valley funding. The work was approved 7-0. An update on the PIE Center indicates that work is wrapping up on the site and shell of the building itself, with internal and external work continuing to progress. There are several leases signed and in process.
A Silver Alert has been issued for 64-year-old Kathryn Bruce on behalf of the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department.
Kathryn was last seen on January 6th at her home in Hartford, Tennessee which is east of Knoxville.
She has a medical condition that impairs her ability to return safely without assistance.
Kathryn is 5’5″, weighs 230 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes.
She may be traveling in a 2009 gray Honda Civic, with TN tag 2DP2661.
If you see Kathryn, or her vehicle, please contact the Cocke Co Sheriff’s Department at 423-623-6004, or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Police say they are searching for three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee.
Metro Nashville Police said in a statement that the group of teens reportedly overpowered a guard at the Youth Opportunity juvenile detention facility Saturday night and left on foot.
A fourth teen who escaped was located early Sunday at a nearby store and taken into custody.
Police said the three still missing are ages 15, 16, and 17 and are from different areas of the state. They were wearing blue sweatpants and gray T-shirts provided by the facility.
Police said anyone with information on their location should contact authorities.