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September 30, 2012
The budget battle may be over, but the community hasn't forgotten the Sumner County School system.
Families turned out for a fundraiser Sunday at Hendersonville High school.
All of them are committed to doing their part.
Kids couldn't resist the fun at Hendersonville High School Sunday.
"We were driving by and saw all the jumper tents, and our kids love jumping," says father Parker Batey.
What looks like a fall festival is actually a show of support for schools. It was organized by Sumner County resident Jesse Garrett.
"It just came along actually kind of easy because everybody knew something had to happen, so it was a wonderful thing," says Garrett.
It wasn't long ago that people here filled meeting rooms as the school board and County Commission squared off over the school budget.
"Sumner County schools has obviously had some challenges lately," says co-organizer Lynn Carney.
Elected officials made it clear the community was welcome to donate money to help the cause.
This event, called "Sumthin' for Sumner," is a response.
"As grown ups, I'm hoping that we can all just make something happen and keep the ball rolling in the direction it needs to be," says Jesse Garrett.
Several bands took the stage providing six hours of entertainment.
Mark Dreyer helped with the lineup and hopes it inspires more giving.
"With the shortage in funds they had, I think this is just something to raise some awareness," says Dreyer.
Parents and community members are glad to do their part.
"I went to school here when I was in Hendersonville High School, so anything to help out the school system," says Batey.
This event won't raise all the money needed, but it's showing the community still cares about its schools.
"No matter what happens in these situation, we have to put the children and the teachers first," says Carney.
Several sponsors were involved in organizing Sunday's event.
The money will be donated to the school system to be used for its needs.
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Sunday, September 30 2012, 06:21 PM CDT
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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