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Archives 08-10-2005



Colorful skies bring delightful view Monday
Overton County receives 3 pre-K classrooms
Monroe child drowns at Dale Hollow



Colorful skies bring delightful view Monday

Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Although Tennessee is probably one of the moodiest places on earth when it comes to weather, some of the most spectacular and breathtaking skies are seen in the south, including this sunset photographed over the Allred area Monday evening.

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Overton County receives 3 pre-K classrooms

In a series of press conferences on Thursday, Aug. 4, Governor Phil Bredesen announced nearly $25 million in awards for more than 300 voluntary pre-kindergarten (pre-K) classrooms in Tennessee.

The programs will serve at-risk 4 year-olds across the state. Funding was provided in the governor's 2005-2006 budget, and was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly to use excess lottery funds as a first step to making pre-K available to every 4 year-old in the state.

"One of the best parts about being governor is making a real difference in the lives of Tennessee children and families, and today we are really making a difference," Governor Bredesen said. "Today, we are helping thousands of Tennessee children prepare for success in school and in life. This is good for our children, it is good for our schools, and it is good for our state."

The Overton County School System was notified on Friday, Aug. 5 that the county will receive three pre-K grants. Two of the classrooms will be located at the Early Childhood building (the old Board of Education Central Office), and one will be at Hilham Elementary School.

The pre-K program is set up to serve only 4 year-olds who will be 4 by September 30, 2005.

The grants are based on children at risk, and will be limited to 20 per classroom. The openings will be filled based on the free and reduced lunchroom form. Any additional slots available after the at-risk children are served will be open to all 4 year-olds.

Parents interested in enrolling their 4 year-old children are encouraged to fill out an application at Early Childhood, the Overton County Board of Education Central Office, or at Hilham Elementary School.

The pre-K program emphasizes the fundamentals for learning, from reading to math to critical thinking skills.

"Thanks to this initiative, these students are more likely to score well on tests and graduate from high school, which will prepare them for other academic opportunities and for better paying jobs in the future," Governor Bredesen told the press. "Pre-kindergarten is a critical time in a child's development.

"Research indicates that more than 90% of the brain's growth happens before we're 5 years-old. Programs like these lay the foundation for all future learning and academic success."

In May, the Tennessee General Assembly passed landmark legislation to begin the process of making pre-K available to every 4 year-old in Tennessee and to fund this year's $25 million expansion of the state's nationally recognized pre-K program. Each local school district had the opportunity this summer to apply for new classrooms. In early June, the Department of Education held workshops across the state for districts to learn the steps to apply.

Each of the 106 school districts that applied was awarded at least one classroom. Grant applications were reviewed by a 3-member team composed of staff members from higher education, the Department of Education, and the Department of Human Services.

Visit Tennessee's pre-kindergarten website at tn.gov/governor/prek/ to learn more about early childhood education and the long term benefits of enrolling students in pre-K.

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Monroe child drowns at Dale Hollow

Pickett Press Publisher

A drowning accident has claimed the life of 11 year-old Adam Conner of Barnes Ridge Road in Monroe.

According to authorities, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Adam was apparently attempting to wade across the Ashburn Creek Cut on Dale Hollow Lake in the Barnes Ridge community.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers reported that, according to a witness who was with the boy, Adam went down and started to disappear under the water.

A relative who was with Adam made a 911 emergency call. The call was received by authorities at 1:41 p.m., and a local TWRA officer, along with Pickett County EMS personnel and Pickett Sheriff's Department deputies, responded to the scene.

A TWRA boat was launched from Sunset Marina and made its way to Star Point, where EMS crews assisted the wildlife officer in the recovery.

Adam's body was recovered and transported to Star Point, where Pickett County Coroner Tommy Fryar pronounced him dead at the scene.

He was the son of David and Elainea Conner and was to be a fifth grader at Pickett K-8.

He was a member of Barnes Ridge Church of Christ, Pickett and Overton County Republican parties, and Overton County Teenage Republican Party. Because of his strong political beliefs at such a young age, Adam was featured on the Pickett Prowler page published in the Pickett County Press on September 2, 2004, about his campaigning experience with Janice Bowling, a former 4th District congressional candidate.

In that article, Prowler reporter Jenea Jones had interviewed Adam about his appearance on News Channel 5 and asked him what it was like to be on TV.

He replied, "It was weird."

Also in that article, Adam mentioned that he had toured on a bus with Bowling for a week. He was most excited about getting to see many pretty places and getting to meet so many different people.

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