Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


February 14, 2013

Around the Town: Exercise caution on this long weekend

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County School students will get a long break from classes this weekend. Schools are closed to students today as teachers attend staff development workshops. Schools are out again Monday, Feb. 18, for the annual President’s Day celebration. Also to be closed on President’s Day are many government offices, courts, banks and the post office.

Long weekends often mean more traffic on the roadways as families take advantage of the school break to go skiing or visit relatives. If you are planning on a long weekend trip, please exercise extreme caution, watch for other motorists, obey speed limits, wear your safety belts and stay tuned to changing weather, as this time of year ice and snow can arrive at any time.

Speaking of Cumberland County students, Stone Memorial High School has released the names of the top ten graduating seniors for 2013. Grace Harrison, daughter of Rob and Lisa Harrison, has been named the valedictorian. The salutatorian award was earned by Wren Tackett, with Jordynne Walker as the number three student, Mark Brown and Destinee Dowdy tying for number four, Tamarra Spalding at number six, Kyle Gibson, Harrison Kinchler and Levi Melton all tying for number seven and Macye Ellis as number ten.

Also over at SMHS, the annual basketball homecoming was held, with Whitney Padgett being named the 2013 homecoming queen. She was escorted by senior Panther Brock Rowan, who was just recently nominated to McDonald’s All American Team. Rowan is of nine players from Middle Tennessee nominated for the honor.

Padgett’s senior court was comprised of Grace Harrison and Laura Nealon. Junior representatives were Kerigan Smith and Savannah Hollows. Tiffany Cokkinias and Kalie Hollingsworth were representing the sophomore class and Morgan Graham and Tierra Sargent the freshman class.

A new sweetheart will be crowned over at Cumberland County High School this weekend. The annual CCHS Sweetheart Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Class of 2015. The Little Sweetheart Pageant, for girls in grade 4-6, will begin at 4 p.m in the CCHS gymnasium. It is followed by the CCHS Princess Competition for girls in grades 7-8. Contact CCHS for additional information.


In other school news, several schools have announced their nominees for Teacher of the Year. Brown Elementary School voted Steve Jones as grades 5-8 winner and Michelle Cole as the kindergarten through fourth grade winner. Over at Stone Elementary School, nominees are Debbie Hill in K-4 and Kim Wattenbarger, 5-8. Pleasant Hill Teacher of the Year winners are Laura Delorenzo for K-4 and Kim Nelson for grades 5-8. Stone Memorial High School voted Abbi Dunford as their representative for Teacher of the Year. She will now advance to the district competitions. As I learn of the other teacher awards, I will be sure to pass them along.

Congratulations to the Cumberland County Fair Association Board of Directors. The board has earned the prestigious Premier Award. This award was bestowed during the state meeting in Nashville. More than 60,000 people attended last year’s Cumberland County Fair held at the Community Complex.

The TAD Center’s annual winter three-on-three basketball tournament is slated for Saturday over at the TAD Center. There are three age divisions: elementary, high school and men’s. Contact Shane Wyatt, activities director, for additional information at 456-2859.

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