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City leaders pointing some of the blame for rise in crime in schools on state’s growth

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — City leaders are pointing some of the blame for the rise in crime in Tennessee schools on population growth.

State Senator Mark Pody said as the state grows it’s difficult to keep up with the rising demand for more police officers and teachers.

Pody said the state needs to slow down so they can get caught up.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said a parent hit an elementary school principal in the face and the suspect was arrested on Friday.

The sheriff’s office is requesting for seven more school resource officers.


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Knoxville students’ LEGO robot competes on international stage

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you think you’re pretty good with LEGO bricks, take a look at what one group of Knoxville middle schoolers can do. Their work is about to take go on an international stage.

The kids of team NX36T are a group of homeschooled students who, after school, are part of the FIRST LEGO League.

It’s an international nonprofit that “guides youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age,” with the goal of helping kids “understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way,” according to the group’s website.


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Knoxville comic book store giving students free copies of Maus, award-winning Holocaust book

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Knoxville comic book store announced Thursday that it will give away free copies of Maus for students who want to learn more about the Holocaust.

The book was banned from McMinn County schools after leaders said it contained too much strong language and graphic depictions of the Holocaust.

Around 6 million Jewish people died between the 1930s and the early 1940s as the Nazi regime systematically arrested and cruelly killed them.


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Knox County Schools holding info session for virtual learning

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – For families of students interested in learning about virtual Knox County Schools 2022-23 school year, an in-person informational session is being held Friday.

KCS virtual elementary, middle and high schools are hosting an information session Friday, Jan. 14 at the Sarah Simpson Center, located at 801 Tipton Ave., from 2-3:30 p.m.

The three virtual schools were greenlit for Knox County Schools last summer after the Tennessee Department of Education approved 29 new ones for the 2021-22 school year. There is a virtual school for elementary, middle and high school students in Knox County.


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Are you smarter than a high school student?

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Mark your calendar, put on your thinking cap, and tune into East Tennessee Public Service Television tonight for the start of the East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl.

The popular academic tournament will be aired on PBS at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays with new episodes through March 14.

High school students from public, private, parochial and home schools from East Tennessee and two Kentucky counties will compete for the Frank Miller Trophy and $1,000. Miller founded the completion now in its 38th year.

Local schools, Halls and Knox Central, go head-to-head on Wednesday. The first two shows have Alcoa vs. Roane County and Bell County, Ky. vs. Cedar Springs.

Host Frank Murphy returns to ask the two four-student teams questions about literature, language, science, art, math, geography, music, sports, history, religion and other subjects.


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University of Tennessee, Knoxville offering new scholarships to in-state students

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman announced Wednesday the university will offer three new in-state scholarships designed to enable more students across the state to attend Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution.

The Distinguished Tennessean Scholarship will provide tuition and mandatory fees for one student from each of the 95 counties in Tennessee who embodies the Volunteer spirit. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.2 UT core weighted GPA and will be selected based on a holistic review of their admissions application and supplemental materials.

The scholarship is renewable for four years and students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, federal Satisfactory Academic Progress and full-time enrollment each semester.

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Knox County Schools launches ‘KCS en español’ for families who speak Spanish

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Knox County Schools is celebrating its Hispanic employees, families and students while announcing its launch of “KCS en español” for families who speak Spanish.

The informational page was launched on Facebook. According to its initial post about the site, families in Knox County Schools speak in more than 120 languages and dialects. More than 5,000 KCS students speak Spanish, while 300 KCS students speak Mayan dialects. There are around 60,000 students total in the district.

The page was created to share important information about schools and events with families who speak Spanish. Regarding communications for the families who speak Mayan dialects, there are additional resources for interpreting and translation, such as programs and personnel at Centro Hispano de East Tennessee.

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‘Life-changing’ new welding lab opens at Carter High School

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Carter High School now has a new welding laboratory. Superintendent Bob Thomas, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Principal Angie Messer and other community leaders were at the high school celebrating the opening on Thursday.

According to Principal Messer, the program is vital to the school and community. It also allows students to leave high school and go into employment or enroll in an advanced program. The current welding program at Carter High goes through year 2 of the certification program. The certification can then be completed at TCAT or Pellissippi State Community College.

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South Knoxville Elementary to teach Spanish speaking classes this fall

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For Claudia Cabellero, learning a new language is more than just speaking it.

“Because language brings so much more than just words. But also learning about the culture, the heritage, the food,” said Cabellero.

Cabellero, the CEO of Centro Hispano in Knoxville, says the Spanish language is needed in schools more than ever before.

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$2.8 Million in Grant Funding to Support Educational Priorities in Tennessee

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The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received over $2.8 million in grant funding from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue support of educational priorities in Tennessee.

Programs supported by the grants include the Grow Your Own Initiative (GYO), which provides financial support for individuals who are currently serving as an educational assistant or teacher’s aide to become a licensed teacher. The grants also support the professional development and learning of existing Tennessee teachers through two innovative programs that will allow existing teachers to earn endorsements in special education or secondary mathematics.

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