“That is how you guys ended up here tonight. I know you put a lot of work in before they selected you and then a lot of work afterward, teaching school and going through the application process.”
Guice referred to the Confucious quote.
“That is what you men and ladies are being recognized for, the job you have done educating the children of Cherokee County and on behalf of the board of education and supervisors for what you do every day for us,” said Guice.
This year’s honorees include Colleen McGinnis, a teacher at Cedar Bluff School, who is the Cherokee County Elementary Teacher of the Year and Felisha Cleland, a teacher at Sand Rock School, who is the Cherokee County Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Individual school representatives include Elementary nominees Teresa Harrison from Centre Elementary School, Jessica Walker from Centre Middle School, Patricia Smith from Gaylesville School, Christy Farrar from Sand Rock School and Stephanie Steward from Spring Garden School. Local Secondary nominees include Cathy Wilson from Cedar Bluff School, Ricky Mackey from Cherokee county Career and Technology Center, Susan Wester from Cherokee County High School, Curt Hendon from Gaylesville School and Tujuana Coley from Spring Garden School.
Superintendent Guice made some welcoming comments, introduced the honorees and special guests present including Principals Rusty Thrasher from Cedar Bluff School, Wes Neyman from Centre Elementary School, Jennifer Mackey from Centre Middle School, Seth Neyman from Cherokee County High School, Brett Keasler from Cherokee County Career and Technology Center, Scott Hays from Gaylesville School, Ben East from Sand Rock School and Mike Welsh from Spring Garden School.
He also introduced supervisors for the school system including Casey Young, Marcia Sewell, Randy Smith, Cassandra Lindsey and Robin Cunningham.
Board members include Corey Colbert, Kathy Mobbs, Suzanne Bishop, Brian Jennings and Lisa McKissick.
Following tradition, supervisors served the meal which was prepared by Sweet “T” Catering.
Chairman Brian Jennings and Superintendent Guice then made the award presentations.
Guice took note of the special engraved apple award for the two county honorees and also mentioned that county nominees each received a $2,500 certificate, good for one year, to attend any national training workshop he/she desires.
“But you have to come back and
Felisha Cleland was recently honored as the Cherokee County Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. Cleland is a teacher at Sand Rock School. Pictured is Cleland receiving a special award from Brian Jennings, chairperson, Cherokee County Board of Education, during the recent 2017 Annual Teacher Recogntion Banquet held in the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Meeting room on the campus of Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee. Pictured in the background is Mitchell Guice, superintendent, Cherokee County Schools.
present to your school and your teachers,” said Guice.
“On behalf of the board I want to say thank you to everybody that came tonight,” commented Chairman Jennings. “Last year teachers had the opportunity to speak. I had something ready to say based on what I thought.”
“I think it is worth saying,” said Jennings. “When you were introduced accolades were just poured on top of you. And last year, I bet it was the same way this year, when it came time for the teachers to stand up, you deflected everything. It was someone else’s fault, you couldn’t have done it without this, without that.”
“I think that is what makes you great is the fact that you are humble in your work and you don’t see what you are doing as being an overachiever, you don’t see what you are doing as being above and beyond the call,” said Jennings. “I think it is what you think your calling is is to do it that way, the only way you know how to do it. The board thanks you for that.”
“Coming up in life I was always taught that a system, a team, whatever you are puttting together, is only as strong as its weakest link,” said Jennings. “But I think the exception to that rule could be in the teaching profession. Because I think teachers like you are the ones that reach past that weak link and grab on to the link behind you and make it strong.”
“From the board of education we thank you, hope everyone enjoyed the meal,” said Jennings.
The board expressed appreciation to the Cherokee County Principals Association and McKee and Associates for funding the teachers award and the meal.
It did not take long for a Christmas Parade to be approved by the Cedar Bluff City Council at the April 10 meeting.
Joey Weaver presented a Christmas Parade plan for approval. Several Cedar Bluff citizens and Weaver had discussed the best way to schedule the December event.
“If we do it at night and start advertising it now, I promise you we will have a ton of people here,” Weaver said.
“We won’t charge an entry fee. We just want to do something to highlight our town.”
After discussion the Council agreed to hold a Cedar Bluff Christmas Parade on Monday, Dec. 4.
Weaver and the Council discussed other details, such as a potential parade route and activities in the park.
“I think our best option is Highway 68 because our streetlight is out there, it is well lit, and our Christmas lights will be on the poles,” Weaver said. “We could have it in conjunction with the lighting of the park.”
After the Council approved a Christmas Parade, Weaver promised to get with his committee and start working out details, such as the distribution of parade entry applications.
“We want to let our local folks get involved first and foremost,” Weaver said.
In other business the Council approved raising the town’s sale tax by one-half of a cent. The tax funds will be earmarked for road repairs. The tax goes from 9.5 percent to 10 percent.
Mayor Crane noted the tax funds would need to build up to the amount needed for repairs before it could be spent on the roads.
“We can see what we have at the end of the year,” Crane said.
“We might could do one road, might could do two. We might have to let the money sit there for a couple of years.”
Cedar Bluff Police Chief Steve Walden gave the Police Department Report, including arrests for Steve UPOCS (10); Walden, UPODP (6); Cedar Bluff Reckless police chief endangerment (1); UPOM (3); Criminal Mischief (1); Felony Warrant ( 2); Misd. Warrant (5); Public Intoxication ( 1), and 20 traffic tickets issued.
Fire Chief Shawn Rogers gave the quarterly Fire Department Report, which included 10 structure fires, 2 camper fires, 10 grass fires, a dumpster fire, and several motor vehicle accidents with injuries. There were 72 total fire calls in the quarter.
Rogers also reported that the new fire truck was in use.
“It rolls to wrecks and medical calls now,” Rogers said. “It is a first out truck.