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Color run

Pictured are eighth-graders Emmagrace Bridges and Breanna Brown, courtesy of the Lake City Middle School Facebook page.
The 2024 Lakers Color Run was fun, festive and much needed now that the yearly state testing is finally over. Students all over the county are ready to unwind with some much needed color, sunny skies, snowcones and laughter.

Lake City Middle Band

Lake City Middle Band
Thursday, May 2, the Lake City Middle School sixth-eighth-grade band students gathered with family and friends for the annual spring band concert. It was a special occasion for the eighth-graders, because it was their final performance at Laker Nation as middle schoolers.

AC school board fires two teachers

The Anderson County Board of Education recently voted to dismiss two teachers at Clinton High School, Rachel Jones and Clay Turpin.

It fired them based on charges related to manipulating students’ grades and test scores, but only if the charges are true, allowing for a dismissal process to go forward.

Documents in the agenda for the meeting from Director of Schools Tim Parrott explain the charges, officially listed for both instructors as unprofessional conduct, insubordination and neglect of duty, in more depth.

Parrott said the state of Tennessee gave Clinton High School a “Reward School” status for the 2022-23 school year.

“As the 2023-24 school year progressed, however, it became more and more clear to me as the director of schools, and to other central office administrators, that something was amiss at CHS,” Parrott said.

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Anderson County, Clinton bands perform virtual concert

High school band students from across Anderson County came together May 7 for a virtual concert that was livestreamed from Anderson County High School.

About 90 students from Clinton and Anderson County high schools participated in the concert, which showcased the music selections learned during a special all-county band clinic.

CHS Band Director Matthew Bimstein said the main purpose was to provide band students with the opportunity to improve their techniques and grow as musicians.

“One of our goals was to give a clinic band experience to the 95% of students who don’t audition or make the regional honor bands,” Bimstein said.

Jon Larmoyeux, director of bands at ACHS, added that the event was also meant to encourage more band students to try out for these honor bands.

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Ensemble places first

The Oak Ridge High School Ensemble won first place in the Chamber Choir division of the Smoky Mountain Music Festival. The panel of judges gave the ensemble a superior rating for its program, as well as awards of excellence to Brooke Kizzire and Brady Fuson for their solos. Students in the back row are, from left, Nick Kimble, Connor Wilson and Gavin Hensley. In the middle row Solomon Karisa, Kendall Hayes, Brady Fuson, Brooke Kizzire, Courtney Thomas and Addy Cockrum. Kneeling in the front row are Kevin Walsh, Maggie Landau, Rose Nguyen and Holland Hocker.