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Hawkins County Board of Education recognizes Church Hill officials

January 12th, 2014 8:49 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County Board of Education recognizes Church Hill officials

Hawkins County BOE member Chris Christian, right, presented Church Hill city officials with a plaque in honor of work the city has done for schools. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

ROGERSVILLE — Church Hill officials were honored by the Hawkins County Board of Education on Thursday evening for what BOE member Chris Christian described as a lot of “little things” it does for local schools that add up over a long period of time.

At the beginning of Thursday’s BOE meeting, Mayor Dennis Deal, City Recorder Mark Sandidge and Public Works Director Brent Robison accepted a plaque that had been purchased by and was presented by District 2 BOE member Christian.

Deal is a candidate for county mayor in the May 6 Republican primary. Christian, who represents the Church Hill area on the school board, told the Times-News on Sunday that there was no political motivation for Thursday’s BOE recognition.

Christian said that he had originally intended to present the plaque at the BOE’s September meeting — prior to Deal announcing his candidacy — shortly after the city installed water and sewer lines to the newly constructed Church Hill Middle School baseball and softball facilities.

The September recognition was postponed. Christian said he wasn’t able to get it back on the agenda until the Jan. 9 meeting. Christian added that the recognition was for all Church Hill city employees and officials who work to benefit schools, including Deal.

“It’s just a lot of little things they’ve done throughout the years that have really accumulated,” Christian said. “It didn’t really occur to me just how much the city of Church Hill does for our schools until I got on the school board and gained a better understanding of everything that goes on. They come down and change the street lights in the school parking lots. They mow inside the (CHMS) football stadium. They direct traffic at several school campuses before and after school. Anytime we ask them to come do something at our schools, they’ve been more than willing.” 

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