October 6th--The Sevier Co RTA met at Applebees. The devotional was provided by member Nancy Simms. Sevier Assistant Superintendent for Student Services was the guest speaker. Mr. Ogle provided an update of all the options that are available for Sevier Co students and teachers. A brief memorial was held for the SCRTA members that were lost this past year. Meeting report submitted by Corresponding Secretary Diane McFarland.
The Sullivan County RTA held their annual fall picnic on Thursday, September 7 at the Lake Lodge at Steele Creek Park in Bristol. There were over 80 members and guests in attendance. The Piney Flats Dulcimer Band provided beautiful entertainment. The County buffet and dessert was scrumptious (much to the delight of everyone). SCRTA President Angela Shaffer organized a wonderful program with the entertainment, delicious food, and door prizes. Al Doty introduced the speakers and welcomed everyone. TRTA President Elect Dwayne Emert gave a rousing speech about the awesome job that past and current teachers do each day in public schools. SCRTA collected donations to donate to OASIS - a service project to purchase soaps, detergents, and necessary supplies for the homeless women’s shelter.
Sept. 8 – Sumner Co. RTA met at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall for a General Membership meeting. The new Sumner Co. School Director, Dr. Scott Langford, was the guest speaker. --Theresa Dowell-Fuqua reporting.