Knoxville DA Randy Nichols To Talk Truancy Here

Monday, February 18, 2002

Knoxville District Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Randall Nichols will meet with Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox, county school officials and juvenile court representatives to discuss Knox County's truancy intervention program.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the
Superintendent's Conference Room located at the Bonny Oaks central
office.

Rhonda Garren, community prosecution coordinator for Knox County, and
Teresa Parker, Knox County's Juvenile Court liaison, will also attend the meeting along with members of the Hamilton County School Board's truancy committee.

"This will truly be a meeting of the minds," said School Board Vice
Chairwoman Debbie Colburn, who also serves on the truancy committee.
"We wanted to bring all of the key players together to discuss ways our
school system can benefit from what our peers in Knox County are doing
to keep children in school."

The Knox County DA's office, school system, juvenile court and police
department use a team approach to combat truancy. Any child found to be truant by law enforcement officials is transported to a "truancy center." Patrol officers actively seek to identify truant children during regular school days. Parents are encouraged to make sure their child attends school regularly, or a warrant may be filed against them with a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, community service and/or elimination of the parent's Families First benefits.

"Knox County officials recognize that truancy is often reflective of
other problems in the student's personal or family life," Mr. Nichols said.

"For this reason, the truancy program is primarily an intervention,
education and prevention program. Our truancy program brings a
collaborative, graduated approach to truancy problems. Early
assessments and treatment services focus on the truant and the family."


Research shows that truant students are more likely to be involved in
delinquent activity as juveniles, leading to criminal offenses as
adults. Also, students with chronic absences run the risk of dropping
out of school, officials said.

"I know that Hamilton County Schools and our local law enforcement
agencies want to tackle truancy," Ms. Colbrun said, "but financial
restraints and staff issues are real hindrances. Yet we hope to come
away from Wednesday's meeting with a strong partnership and a commitment
to find creative ways to address this issue for our children's sakes."


Lee Catches World Youth Fly Fishing Champion To Lead New Team

Lee University signed Mason Sims, the 2015 world champion U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team member and silver medalist, on Thursday to Lee’s recently established fly fishing team.  The university created their fly fishing program in spring 2014 in conjunction with the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Dr. Guy DeLoach, associate professor of business, heads the program.  ... (click for more)

Lee Announces 2016 Rymer Scholarship Winners, Charles Paul Conn And F.J. Lee Awards

Lee University announced the 2016 Rymer Scholarship winners. Three Gold Scholars, three Silver Scholars, and three Bronze Scholars were presented awards at the annual Rymer Scholars banquet at Lee on Friday.  The scholarships are awarded annually by the Rymer Foundation, established by Hoyle Rymer and his father, the late Robert Rymer. The awards honor exceptional achievement ... (click for more)

Dewayne Ray Burns Wanted After Firing Shots At Fort Oglethorpe Police Officers

Dewayne Ray Burns is wanted after police in North Georgia were led on a chase, and he fired shots at officers. Burns fired shots in their direction late Thursday night. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department are investigating the incident. According to park rangers on the scene, the Burns ran away, while firing shots in the direction ... (click for more)

5 Considered For Cleveland City Manager Position

Five names were selected  Friday  by a citizens advisory committee to send to the Cleveland City Council for consideration as the next Cleveland city manager. The five are Angie Carrier, Joe Fivas, Mark Reeter, Seth Sumner and Julie Underwood. The list is being sent in alphabetical order so no one has an advantage when the city council considers the candidates. ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)