Weekly Wrap – July 14, 2017

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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:30a.m. until 9:30a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from10:00a.m. until 10:30a.m.
Dekalb County Board of Education 10:30 until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
Its is with great pleasure to present Joyce Tomlinson (Charles Tomlinson) and family,  and Teresa Harrison (Robert Harrison), with resolutions in honor and memory of their husbands who dedicated their lives to the Wilson County County Sheriff Department as well as the Lebanon Police Department. Thanks to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, as well as  Chief Mike Justice and Captain Brent Willett from the Lebanon Police Department for joining us during this presentation.
Dekalb County Fair opens – July 17-22 – Grandpa Fair of the South – Alexandria 
Gate Prices:
$4 each night
Four years old and under Free
Ride Arm Band Prices:
Wednesday— -$14
Monday – Friday:
Fair Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Midway opens at 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Building open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fair Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Midway opens at 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Building open 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Lebanon, TN – Phillip Warren, Wilson County Administrator of Elections, was elected President of the Tennessee Association of County Election Officials at their annual conference and State Law Seminar.
Warren was elected by the TACEO membership to serve a two year term as President of the association. He had served two terms as regional Vice-President. Also elected for two year terms were the association’s Treasurer, Secretary and two Vice-Presidents from each of the three grand divisions. 
Tennessee Succeeds – Department of Education

  • The state has the highest graduation rate in Tennessee history.
  • The state has the highest average ACT composite in Tennessee history.
  • More students than ever before are earning postsecondary credits while in high school.
  • The state has continued to invest more in education, including a $100 million increase for teachers’ salaries and $22 million for English learners.
  • The department’s Read to be Ready coaching network, which is helping educators to improve how they teach elementary-aged students reading and literacy skills, has expanded to include 200 coaches that serve 83 school districts, ultimately reaching more than 2,500 teachers who teach 44,000 students.
  • This summer, over 9,000 elementary students who are not on track in reading are being served in statewide Read to be Ready camps across 107 school districts.
  • The department, along with thousands of education community members across the state, developed a robust plan to transition to the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and aligned that plan to Tennessee Succeeds. It refines and deepens our work in areas like school improvement, how we support historically underserved student groups like English learners, and well-rounded school accountability.
  • Through a new Ready Graduate indicator, we have a renewed focus on ensuring all students are truly ready for their next step when they graduate high school, whether that’s through taking early college courses, earning industry credentials, or meeting scoring benchmarks on the ACT or military entrance exam.
  • Commissioner McQueen has now met with more than 13,000 teachers and visited 770 classrooms in 118 school districts through her Classroom Chronicles tour
  • And with the release of new scores from the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) science tests, Tennessee now ranks in the top half of all states on three key national assessments – a tremendous improvement from just a decade ago, when the state began to think differently about how it approaches education after receiving two “Fs” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for how students were being prepared.
Chelsea Sanders was named the 2017 Tennessee FFA National Officer Candidate in a three-way run-off held in May. Chelsea was State President for FFA in 2015-2016 and is a member of the Wilson Central FFA Chapter. She is a student at Tennessee Tech University where she is a resident assistant and student orientation leader. Chelsea has already spent much time preparing for her candidacy and interviews, which will take place in October during the National FFA Convention.
Great evening in Cannon County at the Reagan Day Dinner. Special thanks to Paul and Gayle Morgan for the beautiful venue, Rustic Elegance and the Cannon County Republican Party for a beautiful evening.
What a great time was had by all at the Smithville Jamboree. Pam (left) came from Ohio and received the Tennessee Flag and Oren (right) came from Israel and received the US Flag.
Alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard
 NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam officially opens the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy, an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. 
 The academy is housed at the site of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville where Haslam was joined recently by Deputy Gov. Jim Henry and Major General Max Haston for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first class of approximately 100 cadets is set to begin July 9.
 “This is an innovative approach to help teens who may be headed down the wrong path change the trajectory of their lives. It sets them up for success by helping them earn high school diplomas and making them eligible for Tennessee Promise, which is right in line with our Drive to 55 goals,” Haslam said. “It’s a great example of the departments of Military and Children’s Services collaborating in an inventive way to serve young Tennesseans.”  
 The program is voluntary and open to youth with no criminal record. It consists of a 22-week residential phase during which cadets focus on core components in a quasi-military environment while setting goals and creating a life plan. Graduates return to their communities for a 12-month post-residential phase under supervision of caring adult mentors who serve as role models.
 “For the past 15 years, the Military Department has attempted to establish a Youth ChalleNGe program,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general. “Through our collaboration with the Department of Children’s Services we have done so.  Our goal is to provide cadets with the opportunity to complete high school, or the high school equivalency test, and get a job while learning life, leadership, and social skills they can use for the rest of their lives as productive citizens. I can’t say ‘Thank you’ enough to Gov. Haslam, Deputy Gov. Henry, and Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich for making this a reality.”
 The Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy was approved by the U.S. Department of Defense and is the 40th in the country. Its implementation is one of the steps in the governor’s Public Safety Action Plan.