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Vicki Mackzum, Sixth Grade Language Arts teacher at South Cumberland Elementary has been named a Renaissance Distinguished Educator, an honor reserved for educators who have achieved optimum student growth and are dedicated to helping all students learn, grow, and achieve. In this role, Mrs. Mackzum will serve as a source of inspiration to other educators. Renaissance Distinguished Educators share their expertise with teachers and education leaders beyond their classrooms, schools, and districts. They speak at schools, host site visits, and share their success stories and implementation strategies at conferences and events. Distinguished Educators also serve as part of a think tank for passionate and successful educational leaders who collaborate with peers to share ideas and resources and optimize student growth.
Pleasant Hill students enjoyed celebrating Read Across America Week with many Dr. Seuss themed lessons and activities. The story “Hop on Pop” was a favorite with
kindergarten! Mrs. Laura had her students use the text to record rhyming family words from the story. Then, first grade students were inspired to test their culinary tastes
by making their very own green eggs and ham! The students decided they WOULD eat them here or there ...They would eat them anywhere! After experimenting with
the tastes of green eggs and ham, the students created their own rhyme to mimic the style of “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. Pleasant Hill’s seventh and eighth grade math students also used “Green Eggs and Ham” to relate to their lesson. Mrs. Stewart and her classes completed four “egg-stravagant” math tasks! These were just a few of the many wonderful “Seuss” themed activities that occurred throughout PHS.
Congratulations to Pine View's Teachers of the Year, Mrs. Angela Nealon and Mrs. Stacy Moody. Ms. Moody was also chosen to be the Cumberland County Teacher of the Year for grades PreK-4. Everyone at Pine View says they are blessed to have both of these outstanding teachers impacting students' lives daily.
The CCHS Theatre Arts II class would like to announce their spring production at the Palace Theater, called "A Double Shot of Wild West Tomfoolery." The first act is a classic western melodrama set in an 1800s "Op'ry" called Phantom of the Horse Op'ry, and the second act is a wild western whodunit set in the Black Buzzard Saloon, called Who Shot Calhoun Cahootz? There will be only one public performance on Thursday, March 26 at 7PM. Admission is $5.
Former Newport alderwoman Kathy Holt admitted she was part of a plot to serve as a fence for drugs Monday. Local 8 Now reports that Holt pleaded guilty in Cocke County Circuit Court to three counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Holt was sentenced to eight years of probation as part of a plea deal. Holt's husband, former Newport Police Department Detective, Capt. James Holt, their son, Kenneth Treece Myers and Newport Police Department Capt. Roger Lynn Shults were charged in connection with James Holt's plot to use drug addicts to steal items to stock the Pit Stop store he and his wife owned. Kathy Holt was a Newport alderwoman at the time. She was removed from office after allegedly lying about her address on her nominating petition to retain her seat earlier this year. James Holt has pleaded guilty to related federal charges and is serving a 90-month sentence. Myers and Shults face trial in May. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).