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School athletics study ordered / Tate update

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    Workers install a marble facade on Tate Elementary School’s addition Monday. The marble was mined very near the site where the  original stone for the historic school originated to ensure a close match using maps kept by the Ga. Marble Company.

At last week’s meeting, school board members requested a committee be formed to look at all aspects of the athletics program – and they want it done fast.
    Board member Delane Lewis read a statement following a long executive session instructing Superintendent Lula Mae Perry, “Establish a committee to study effective leadership of athletics at our middle schools and high school and specific recommendations for change with a timeline of three weeks.”
See more about the athletics study and progress at the Tate Elementary campus in this week's print or online editions.

Supreme court rules use of home for venue in violation of zoning


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Inmate found hanged in Cherokee cell

     Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. July 11, 2015. A Cherokee County inmate died today at Northside Cherokee Hospital. Jose Castillo-Ramirez, 32 years old of Canton, was transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital after deputies found him hanging from a bed sheet in his cell Saturday July 4th at approximately 1:30pm. Ramirez was resuscitated and taken to Northside Cherokee but later succumbed to his injuries.

Shots fired at RaceTrac in wild early morning scene


 The rear window of this car was shot out in an early morning altercation at the RaceTrac. Photo/Jessica Fowler

 An updated version of this story "Road Rage leads to gunshots" is available at our e-edition and in this week's print edition, on sale now.

   A wild early morning scene unfolded at Racetrac Tuesday when the driver of a maroon Lexus fired several shots from a shotgun at another vehicle carrying an infant among the passengers.

   Amazingly, no one was injured and investigators have already identified the suspect.

   One witness at the gas pumps, Jessica Fowler, told the Progress she saw the cars chase each other around the busy convenience store parking lot while the driver in the Lexus, an older male, had a gun out the window. The driver fired at the vehicle whose passengers included two men, one woman and an infant.

Rep. Tom Graves votes to repeal No Child Left Behind, stop Common Core

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation that repeals and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) while blocking federal funding for Common Core: 

“While well intentioned, No Child Left Behind is failed Bush-era policy that expanded the federal government's role in education with one-size-fits-all mandates. After hearing from parents, students and educators across the 14th District for several years, I firmly believe we must repeal and replace NCLB with legislation that returns power to our local communities. That’s exactly what the Student Success Act does.

“This bill prevents the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core, and allows states to develop testing curricula that best fits their needs with no strings attached. Importantly, the bill protects religious freedoms, and ensures private schools and those who are homeschooled are free from federal control. It also completely eliminates 65 ineffective or duplicative federal programs.

“Passing the Student Success Act is a step toward taking power away from the Obama administration and giving it back to states, localities, parents and teachers who really know what is best for their kids.”