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Carson-Newman's Sparks seeks to join 300-win club

Carson-Newman's Sparks seeks to join 300-win club

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks says he never thought about retiring even after learning this summer that he has prostate cancer.

Just over two months after undergoing surgery, Sparks will seek his 300th career coaching victory Thursday when Carson-Newman opens its season against Glenville (W.Va.) State.

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

The classes may be small, but that doesn't mean students and parents aren't lining up to attend Newport Grammar School. 791 students go to the Pre-K through 8th grade school this year, 99 more than last year.

"We usually see 30 coming in, 30 going out, kind of an equal balance," said Principal Sandra Burchette. "We have just all summer seen such an increase in enrollment."

The school is zoned for those who live within city limits. Others can attend, but pay tuition.

Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

While school lunches have almost always had a bad reputation, some students in Cocke County are now finding them even harder to swallow.

"I don't like the lettuce," said eighth-grader Haley Styles. "It's kinda weird-tasting. It tastes like grass."

But that "grass" is part of the new federal school menu requirements, laid out in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The 1994 law was re-authorized in 2010, with new, stricter food requirements taking effect July 1, 2012.

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

The Carson-Newman backfield got a little bit more crowded after a senior tailback's performance in an Orange and Blue scrimmage Wednesday.

Solomon Duanah (Johnson City, Tenn.) burst across the goal line and onto the blue turf of Burke-Tarr stadium's end zones three times - once through the air and twice on the ground - as the leading offensive performer in the scrimmage.

Duanah said his offensive line was the key to his success.

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene County students went back to school Wednesday.

They were delayed a week due to a $1.2 million budget gap.

But Monday, Greene County Commissioners approved a 20 cent property tax increase.

Though not everyone loves the idea of a tax hike, the increase helped save a small country elementary school in Greeneville.

The last week was a roller coaster for librarian Sara Brown.

"The delay has been an emotional strain on all of us," explained Brown.

Her beloved school of 11 years was on the chopping block.

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

Greene Co. Commission approves property tax increase

Greene Co. Commission approves property tax increase

After debating for four hours, Greene County Commissioners approved a .20 cent property tax increase.