By Sally Absher

Inskip Elementary Students Receive School Supplies

Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s North Knoxville Branch delivered school supplies to Inskip Elementary School to make sure all students have the proper supplies to have a productive and educational school year.  This is the second year the credit union has assisted Inskip Elementary with supplies for students. With the help of EFCU members and the community the credit union was able to deliver 5 large boxes of supplies to the school.

Credit Unions were founded on the philosophy of “People Helping People”, and this is just one small way that EFCU can reach out to our community and provide a small level of assistance.  The employees at the North Knoxville Branch, located at 5201 Schubert Road, felt a need to help a school basically in their back yard.

“If we can provide one or two items to a child to ensure they have the proper supplies to assist in their education, then we have been able to assist the future of our community in a positive manner,” said EFCU North Branch Manager Ellora Drinnen.



Tennessee Department of Education Announces Dyslexia Advisory Council

Last week Education Commissioner Candice McQueen unveiled a roster of education leaders and advocates to serve on the Dyslexia Advisory Council, a group designed to explore ways to screen students for characteristics of dyslexia and identify resources for teachers to support students with the characteristics of dyslexia.

The advisory council was established as part of the Say Dyslexia bill, which was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session. In addition to establishing the Dyslexia Advisory Council, the law requires all students to be screened for the characteristics of dyslexia and provide appropriate interventions for students who are identified as having those characteristics. The bill also requires the Department to provide training on identifying and addressing dyslexia.

The advisory council will include the following members:

  • Theresa Nicholls, Director of School Psychology Services, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Eileen Miller, Advocate, Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee
  • Allison McAvoy, Special Education Teacher, Hamilton County Department of Education
  • Melissa Miller-Benson, Elementary School Teacher, The Bodine School
  • Mercedes Chartrand, Middle School Teacher, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
  • Briana Patrick, High School Teacher, Lauderdale County Schools
  • Anna Thorsen, Parent
  • Morgan Ashworth, Speech Language Pathologist, Loudon County School District

The council also includes three ex-officio members with expertise in dyslexia: Emily Dempster with the International Dyslexia Association; Erin Alexander, a school psychologist and assistant director for clinical services at the Tennessee Center for Dyslexia; and Susan Porter, a district lead coach of instruction with Metro Nashville Public Schools.


Area Student Scholarships Announced

Three Carter High School graduates received this year’s Andy Wilson Memorial Scholarship:  Shelby Reynolds, daughter of Carrie and Jeremy Reynolds; Daylon Hurst, daughter of James and Angie Hurst; and Austin Harbin, son of Jeff and Kim Harbin.  All three are freshmen at Carson Newman College this fall.

The scholarships are awarded each year to a male and female who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average and have participated in sports in some capacity.  Andy’s family has already awarded over $60,000 in scholarships since Andy’s death.  Andy was tragically killed in a car accident on January 26, 2008.  He is the son of Becky Wilson and the late Roger Wilson and the grandson of Bill and Peggy Wilson.

Also, Seymour High School graduate Dailyn Davis received the Dolly Parton Scholarship in the amount of $15,000 from Citizens National Bank and The Dollywood Foundation.

Dailyn is the daughter of Dale and Kim Davis of Seymour. She will be attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

“We congratulate Dailyn and wish her great success as she begins her college career at UT,” says Chuck Godfrey, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of CNB’s Seymour Branch located at 10225 Chapman Highway.