Edward Jarnagin

Edwin Jarnagin


RUTLEDGE – Former Grainger County Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin has retired from the school system after more than three decades as a teacher coach and administrator.

His last day on the job was June 30.

“I appreciate the opportunity I have had to work for Grainger County Schools. It has been a fast 35 years and a wonderful life,” Jarnagin said at his departure. “One of the most rewarding (positions) was as Director. I was surrounded by many great individuals whose dedication and hard work was phenomenal. I was fortunate to work with a school board who wanted and expected our system to continually evolve and improve.”

He also paid tribute to employees “who played a role in improving the lives of Grainger County students, both present and future.”

Jarnagin began his career teaching math and social studies at Washburn High School. He also served in other positions at Washburn. He coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, served as assistant principal and subsequently as principal from 1990 to 1994. He later moved into administration, holding several supervisory positions. He was supervisor of the family resource center, special education and was supervisor of testing when he was appointed director in 2010. 

When he retired as director in January, he returned to his old job of testing supervisor for the past six months.

As he left as director, his successor, Dr. James Atkins, praised Jarnagin for leaving the school system in good financial condition.

Jarnagin said he plans to begin a new chapter in his career in education.

He said Dr. Jimmy Carter, director of schools in Union County, has offered him a position working part-time in the central office.