Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS -

“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.

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