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The brand new high school opened its doors to the community for the first time...
It was a proud moment for the City of Lebanon and Wilson County- because without the county coming together- there would have never been a ground breaking.
But it's what the school plans to do moving forward that is even more impressive than the massive facility its self.
This will be the fourth building to be called Lebanon High School since the school first opened in 1918.
Sunday, students got a sneak peek of the school that spans more than 368 thousand square feet.
Wilson County schools director, Mike Davis says this new school is much needed for the county's recent growth and to get students out of the old school- where mold in some parts of the building was a concern along with overcrowding.
The new Lebanon High School can hold two thousand students Davis says the almost 50 million dollar school is an investment that will pay off for years to come.
Mike Davis, “It’s been a good thing for Wilson County and I think it will pay dividends for many generations to come.”
The school boasts more than 100 classrooms, 6 science labs and 8 shops for vocational courses- each room fitted with up to date technology.
Lauren Lopez says, “I mean it is just excitement in the halls everyone is looking forward to this new school this year.”
Students say they will miss the old school...
President of the incoming senior class, Katie Potter says, “I was walking slow and cherishing everything I could because I knew that it was going to be my last time in that building and it was kind of sad because you know that is home.”
Laruen says, “I think it is more the memories I am going to miss rather than the building - but I mean even with this it is crazy - but its new memories - we get to make new memories.”
Perhaps the most special feature of the school is alumni hall- where current and past students can purchase a brick for 100 dollars to support a scholarship fund for graduating LHS students.
Already the program has raised more than 90 thousand dollars...
Proving while the new school may be done with construction- the students and alumni will not stop building a legacy...
The director of schools tells us the school system hopes to renovate the space and make it available for other uses however exactly what the county will do with that property has not been determined.
Monday, July 16 2012, 05:35 AM CDT
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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