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November 19, 2017


Hawkins ACT scores drop slightly 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   ROGERSVILLE – Nearly 35 percent of Hawkins County seniors qualified for HOPE scholarships and other financial aid by scoring 21 or higher on the 2017 ACT test, Director of Schools Steve Starnes has announced.  The composite score for the district was 19, he said, which resulted in a decrease from

Hawkins graduation rate exceeds state rate

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent ROGERSVILLE – Hawkins County high schools achieved an overall graduation rate that exceeded the state rate by eight percentage points, which was the highest in state history since records were kept. The overall rate for the district was 97.1 percent. The rate for Volunteer High School was 97.1 percent and

The Whitesides of Grainger County 

Stevvi Cook Special to Grainger Today  RUTLEDGE – This month the Whiteside Family Association, a group dedicated to genealogical and historical research of Whiteside kindred, will hold its annual meeting in Knoxville. It isn’t a coincidence that the Association chose East Tennessee for the meeting, because this area was home to some famous Whiteside family

Haints and History Night held in Rutledge 

RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Historic Society held it’s 2nd annual Haints and History Night at the Olde Jail in Rutledge Saturday, October 7. The storytellers were Adrian Cameron, Roe Baker, Sherry Beeler, Ken Coffey and Lisa Ray. Cameron told about the Cocke-Langley Mansion, Cherry Street, which is said to be haunted by ghosts from

Washburn School hosts annual carnival

 Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   WASHBURN – Washburn School held its annual school carnival Friday night, October 6, to raise funds for individual classroom activities.  Admission was free, but Principal Ginny McElhaney said teachers sponsored their own booths offering games and activities for a small fee. Teachers will be able to use the money raised

Washburn FCCLA participates in Hogskin History Day 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   WASHBURN – Members of the Washburn School FCCLA participated in the annual Hogskin History Day at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center at the end of September.  Sponsor Paula Abrams said members assisted children with activities including making shakers, butterflies and caterpillars. She said all materials used were either organic or

Washburn School celebrates College Application Week 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   WASHBURN – Seniors at Washburn School celebrated College Application Week last week, with all 41 members of the 2018 graduating class applying for postsecondary training.  School Counselor Rachel Harris said the students decorated parking spaces and classroom doors with logos of area colleges and universities, in addition to the U.S.

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Remembering D-Day

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Ssgt. Ondis Brantley, now a spry 95-year-old veteran of World War II, was part of a 10-man crew flying a B-24 long-range bomber, one of more than 2,700 planes, from England across the English channel to the coast of Normandy, France D-Day, June 6, 1944. Their mission was

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