CTL Script for Tuesday 5-9-23
Publish Date: May 8, Monday
From the Ingles Studio Welcome to the Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast
Today is Tuesday, My 9th, and happy 73rd birthday to the Piano Man, Billy Joel
I’m Brian Giffin and here are your top stories presented by Credit Union of Georgia
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Reinhardt University held its 137th commencement ceremony at Ken White Stadium, honoring the 321 graduates of the class of 2023. The ceremony began with congratulations from President Mark Roberts and a speech from student speaker Kamille McKinney, who praised the university for helping her overcome her fears and challenges. Kevin Williams, franchise owner of several Chick-fil-A locations and trustee member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees, gave the keynote speech and encouraged graduates to embrace the exciting adventure ahead. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of the graduating class and recognized the support of parents, faculty, and staff.
STORY 2:Jan Jones
Georgia House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones has been appointed by House Speaker Jon Burns as chair of the House Working Group on Early Childhood Education. The bipartisan legislative group aims to improve access to and quality of pre-kindergarten education in Georgia. Jones will work with colleagues to develop solutions to improve children's lives and develop legislation to be considered during the 2024 legislative session. The group will evaluate how pre-K is funded, how teachers are recruited and retained, and access barriers for children. Jones served as the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education before her current position.
STORY 3: ESOL
The Cherokee County School District has recognized Sara Lawson of Dean Rusk Middle School as its Exemplary English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher of the Year and Scarleth Cantarero Murillo, a senior at Etowah High School, as its Exemplary English Learner Student of the Year. The Georgia Department of Education named both honorees, as they met high standards for teaching and learning. Scarleth, originally from Honduras, mastered her English skills through the ESOL program and excelled in her honors and Advanced Placement courses. Sara, the backbone of her school’s ESOL program, co-sponsors the school’s Cultures Club and supports her students and colleagues excellently. We’ll be right back
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The Canton Housing Authority presented updates on their projects to the Canton City Council, including the redevelopment of Tanner Place and Oakside Drive communities. The Tanner Place project, with a total cost of $24 million, is set to begin construction in October and involves replacing 39 units at Shipp Street with 70 new homes, a mix of one-to-four bedroom units, expected to be completed by December 2024. The Oakside redevelopment project will replace 75 existing units with 75 new ones, with half of the property set to be used for additional units later. Construction for Oakside is expected to begin in October or November, and to be completed by early 2025. Amenities will include walking trails, covered pavilions, a computer center, and a half-court basketball facility.
Story 5: Threat a hoax
The Cherokee County School District has confirmed that there are no real threats to students, following rumors of threats on social media. The district said that a generic hoax of a school shooting had circulated nationally, but that it did not specify a school or location. Cherokee County School District has assured parents and students that they take threats to the safety and security of their students, staff, and schools very seriously, and encouraged anyone with safety concerns to report them through the district's Vector Alert system. Reports can be submitted anonymously.
Story 6: Etowah
Etowah High School's baseball team secured a two-game set over Thomas County Central, moving them to the semifinals of the Class AAAAAA state baseball tournament. In the first game, Etowah's Caleb Hughes pitched a complete game with ten strikeouts and gave up only two earned runs, while Logan Stradley contributed with two home runs and four RBIs. The Eagles won the game 7-2. The second game was a closer contest, ending with a 3-1 win for Etowah, with Will Curcio hitting a key insurance run in the seventh inning. Etowah will face either Houston County or Blessed Trinity in the semifinals. ….More in a moment.
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