Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame picks Loudon teacher

Loudon High School teacher John Sizemore Napier is among seven teachers inducted into the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame. Napier has spent 34 years of his 35-year career in the classroom as a history and social studies teacher, school historian and part-time coach. He began his teaching career at North Middle School in Lenoir City. In 1974, he joined Loudon High School, where he continues to teach.

Loudon High JROTC wins league championship

Loudon High School Drill and Color Guard Teams are the 2007-08 Knox League Champion. Loudon participates in the Knox County JROTC League, which is composed of six Knox County High Schools with JROTC programs (Farragut, Bearden, West, Fulton, Central and Gibbs high schools) and Anderson County. Schools compete in five separate events: color guard, unarmed platoon drill, armed platoon drill, personnel inspection and air rifle marksmanship.

The LHS Drill Team also traveled to Nashville to compete in the 17th annual Vanderbilt NROTC Invitational JROTC Drill Meet. The Redskin Drill Team took first place in the armed platoon drill category. The winning teams are commanded by senior NJROTC cadets Savanna Reynolds (armed platoon), Cody West (unarmed platoon) and Chase Hill (color guard).

5 schools in region honored 

News Sentinel staff

Centerview and Grassy Fork elementary schools in Cocke County, Allardt Elementary in Fentress County, Eaton Elementary in Loudon County and Sharps Chapel Elementary in Union County are among 27 schools statewide to receive the 2008 Title I Academic Achievement Award, according to officials.

The award recognizes the schools' "exceptional academic performance and for meeting the adequate yearly progress goals of No Child Left Behind for two consecutive years," officials said. Title I is a designation given to schools where a large percentage of students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.