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New Attendance Policy for Schools

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

New state guidelines concerning attendance procedures and policy will be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents and students will need to review student handbooks carefully at the beginning of the school year to understand changes in attendance procedures.  Due to changes in state law, students absent 3 days without adequate excuse (unexcused absence) will enter the progressive *Attendance Tier Intervention process.  
Each tier provides supports to students to help them stay in school.  Once a student enters into Tier 3 (10 unexcused days) the student and parent will be required to attend a Truancy Court.  Truancy Court, (which is a new resource in the Tier Intervention process) will be held at the Cannon County Courthouse court room. Judge Susan Melton and other community service providers will work along with the Supervisor of Attendance to address issues with students’ attendance and hopefully keep students from returning to the court room.  However, if a student continues to miss days after Truancy Court, they will be served to appear in juvenile court.  
Remember, attending school has a positive impact on children’s academic success-from kindergarten to high school graduation.  For context, most students in Tennessee miss six or less days each school year.
Although some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, students that miss too much school—regardless of the reason—fall behind academically. Absences can add up quickly. Students are less likely to succeed academically if they miss 10% or more of instructional days over the course of the school year (this means missing about two days of school per month or about 18 days per year).

Research shows:  
·         Tennessee students who are chronically absent in kindergarten are 15 percentage points less likely to reach proficiency in either 3rd grade math or ELA.
·         Nationally, four out of five students who miss more than 10% of both kindergarten and first grade are unable to read on grade-level by third grade.
·         The problem continues as students get older. Tennessee students who are chronically absent in 9th grade are 30 percentage points less likely to earn an
on-time diploma (62% vs. 92%).
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school or get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Below are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance.
Attendance Pointers for Parents

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.


  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.


  • Make sure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.


  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.


  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.


  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school or show other signs of not wanting to go to school.

We want your child to be successful in school. Let us know how we can best support you and your child so that he or she shows up for school on time every day. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, school counselor, or check out the parent resources available at http://www.attendanceworks.org/ 
For more information concerning the new attendance policy and the Attendance Tier Intervention process, contact Bonnie Patterson, Supervisor of Attendance for Cannon County Schools at 615-563-5752.

Christian Movie Fund Raiser Scheduled

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cannon County is known for white oak baskets and moonshine, could that expand to movies?  A new venture in the county is holding a fund raiser Thursday night.
Movie producer David Rosler is inviting the public to find out more about his movie Orbiter, a 3D Christian motion picture project.   The event is scheduled at Moonlight Theater in Woodbury. Christian speaker Emily Powell, Backroads Country Band, candidate for State Representative Menda McCall Holmes, singer Chaylyn Thompson and plenty of movie trailers are all scheduled.
 Rosler recently acquired property in the county for the purpose of creating a movie studio.
The fund raiser is Thursday night from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.  Adults $10.00, children 6 and older $5.00 and children under 5 are free.
Christian speaker /host EMILY POWELL

Operation Southern Shield This Week

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Law enforcement agencies across the southeast are gearing up to put the brakes on high-speed drivers. The second annual “Operation Southern Shield” is underway in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

The goal of the operation, which lasts through Sunday, July 22, is to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries by cracking down on speeding drivers.

In Tennessee, more than 9,100 citations were issued during the 2017 operation. 5,500 of those were for speeding.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding killed more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2016 and was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation.

Rutherford Investigator Being Investigated

Monday, 16 July 2018

A veteran Rutherford County Sheriff's Office detective is on paid leave pending a couple of investigations.  Sheriff's office officials say narcotics division detective, Lieutenant Jason Mathis, is facing an internal investigation and a probe by the TBI.  Mathis has been with the department for 20 years.  He was part of the department's April seizure of nearly 60-thousand Xanax pills and other drugs.


County Commissioners Meet for July

Sunday, 15 July 2018

An update from the General Assembly, naming of committee members for the new grievance committee and several other items were on the agenda for the Cannon County Board of Commissioners this weekend.
In a discussion that lasted over 30 minutes to the question of buying a firetruck for the Bradyville Fire Department, no decision was reached.  Commissioners couldn’t agree if they needed to buy the truck, pay off a truck for the rescue squad or replacing an ambulance for medical services.
As we reported over the weekend, Cannon County Baseball Coach Colin Jones had developed a plan to build a small field house for the team beside of the baseball diamond at the fairgrounds.  The coach working with members of the community supporting the project.  The board of education gave approval pending budget approval and the approval of the commissioners.
Since the baseball field is on the county fairgrounds, a lease was proposed to move the sports field from the county to the school board. The question may return before the commissioners in the future, however the answer on Saturday was no.
Members were announced for the county’s new grievance committee; Judy Shone, Marty Williams, Joe Young, Randall Davis and Oletha Thomas.  James Atkins will serve as chairman.
State Senator Mark Pody gave an update to the commissioners on the past session of the general assembly and took questions from the public.
Robert Bush informed the commissioners on the work of the records preservation committee. The group is working with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office and are working to acquire some financial assist with the work.
Since the next scheduled meeting date for the commissioners is slated for election primary day, August 2nd, the meeting has been re-scheduled for 16th.

Policy Changes Reviewed at School Board Meeting

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Cannon County School Board made policy changes and advanced the discussion on facility upgrades at their regular monthly meeting this week (July 12th).
One project discussed at the June meeting was developing a field house at the high school baseball field. The field is located on the county fairgrounds.  Coach Collin Jones gave the board an update on the planning process.  Indications are the bulk of the project will be funded by fans of the program.  The board gave their support, pending approval by county government.  More is expected at the next meeting.
The board approved eight policy changes, six were revisions and two were new policies.  Many of the revisions were minor in nature and follow along the guidelines of the Tennessee School Board Association.
The continuation of a special education transportation agreement with the Rutherford County Board of Education was approved.
The board has submitted their budget to the county budget committee. 
Next scheduled meeting for the board is a workshop session on Tuesday, August 7th.  The regular board meeting is Thursday, August 9th.


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