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Tennessee Retired Teachers Association

Dear Colleagues,
Tennessee Retired Teachers Association is participating with TEA in the New Educator Project in Hamilton County Schools. This is an excellent o...pportunity for members of TRTA to engage with small groups of teachers with five or fewer years of experience in effective dialogue with the objective of promoting professionalism and the Association. Please see the above attachment for the announcement of the project and relevant information and the opportunity to apply for this adventure. Individuals who are chosen to participate will earn $110.00 per day. Application for participation are to be made on line as indicated in the attachment. The deadline for applying is 4:00 P.M. on March 8, 2018. Those who are chosen to participate will be trained in Chattanooga on March 15, 2018, and the project dates for Hamilton County are March 19-23, 2018.
For additional information, please contact Karla Carpenter at
Best wishes,
Donna Cotner
TRTA Executive Director

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All those who knew and loved Tobie Ferguson, who worked at Holston Elem and Middle for many years.......
She passed into heaven this morning. She was a very very special person and will be missed by all of us who loved her


Just to give you a little advance notice for planning.......spring meeting will be Saturday, May 5 at Central High. We are still studying the idea of moving meetings to a weekday and should have an update on it at this meeting.

This is important. Please help

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American Library Association

This morning, the White House released the budget proposal for FY 2019. The proposal eliminates funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).... IMLS provides more than $183.6 million for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The proposal also eliminates funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, a Department of Education program that provides $27 million for school libraries.

Ultimately, Congress has final say over the budget. Today, let Congress know that federal library funding is important to you and your community. Use the talking points on or visit #FundLibraries #SaveIMLS

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For all those who know and love our beloved Tobie from Holston Middle and Elementary
Please pray for peace and comfort of God's love for Allen Ferguson and for Tobie's boys and the rest of the family. Also please pray for relief from pain and that she is wrapped in our love and prayers.

Happy birthday a a Milne. What is your favorite Winnie the pooh quote

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Arrangements for our friend and fellow teacher Jennie Rutherford
Jennie Hodges Rutherford, age 64, of Bristol, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at her residence. Jennie was a dedicated wife, loving sister, and loving aunt. She was a very active member of Virginia Avenue Methodist Church. She was graduate of King College and retired from Holston Elementary School having taught for 43 years. Along with her parents, Ralph Taylor Hodges Jr. and Joy Beidleman Hodges she was prece...ded in death by her brother, Ralph Burkhart Hodges. She is survived by her husband, Andy Rutherford; sister, Becky Rutherford and husband, Jim; niece and nephew, Taylor Rutherford Morelock and James William Rutherford. The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018, at Virginia Avenue Methodist Church with Dr. Barbara Doyle, the Rev. Jim Oxendine and the Rev. Steve Patterson officiating. The committal and interment will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in Glenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Virginia Avenue Methodist Church, 1127 Virginia Avenue, Bristol, TN 37620. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St., Bristol, Tenn., (423) 989-4800, is serving the family of Mrs. Rutherford.

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It is with great sadness that I report that we have lost our good friend and fellow teacher Jennie Rutherford this morning. She was a wonderful person and dedicated teacher at Holston Elementary only retiring this past spring. I will post arrangements when I know.

Something to think about today

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Every child should have the same opportunities

Many of you know Tobie Ferguson, who was secretary at Holston Middle and before that an aide at Holston Elementary. Her husband, Allen, has posted that she is in terrible pain and has entered a hospice pain management plan to try and deal with it and give her some relief. Please keep her in your prayers and maybe send her a card. Her address is 113 Jackson Hollow road Kingsport

Also our dear friend and member, Jennie Rutherford, who taught at Holston Elementary needs our prayers as she is now in hospice care.

Please remember these dear friends during this holiday season

Those members who did not attend our Christmas meeting and lunch last Saturday you missed a wonderful time. Everyone was in a festive mood......
meeting and visiting with friends and former coworkers. Many came in their festive sweaters, coats and vests. We had simply wonderful holiday music from Phillips and Banks. Three of the four members of the group are former Sullivan County students. The group is very talented and presented a fantastic program. Everyone enjoyed ...the buffet at Momma's House. Prizes were given for best holiday attire and many door prizes of fruit baskets and poinsettias were given away.
Special thanks to member Dr. Janie McNew who made beautiful stained glass ornaments for our two top prize winners. They were beautiful.
Members brought donations for the Akard center which helps Sullivan County students and their families with necessities. We also gave quarters for the Oasis center to power the machines for women who need a place to do laundry for their family.
Everyone had a great time.

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Mr. Cloninger was not retired but I know many of you would want to know this. This man was truly a great man, wonderful teacher who touched so many lives and has left us far too soon. Our hearts break for his wonderful wife who also is a teacher and for their children. Please lift this family in prayer

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