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Sequatchie County Schools enter agreement for cable TV

Ethan Loyd, of Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative (BTC), spoke to the school board in August about broadcasting school events on cable TV.  File photo.

Sept. 8, 2017 – The Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE) voted Thursday night to partner with Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative (BTC) in the use of the local access television channel.

The high school's journalism class will be enlisted to learn camera skills, in recording football games and other sporting events, plays, talent shows -- even BOE meetings – to play back on Channel 18, the cable channel managed by BTC.

We're going to try to put school events on that local access channel,” Director of Schools Pete Swafford explained.

Principal Tommy Layne said BTC “offered us a channel ourselves, if we want one.”

In the past, BTC has recorded Sequatchie County High School football games to play on Channel 18, and posted school news on TVs in the Commons Room at the high school, Layne said. Ethan Loyd, BTC's Channel 18 director, attended last month's BOE meeting to offer his equipment and expertise to the board. At Thursday night's meeting, the board was simply asked to accept the offer.

Board members Rachel Hixson and JoAnn Shepherd asked that events at the elementary school and the middle school also be covered, if possible.

Maybe the high school can offer a broadcasting journalism class,” Board Member Sam Hudson suggested.

This way, they can learn something about broadcast, working together, keeping deadlines – life skills,” Swafford said.

The BOE, with everyone present except W.O. Johnson, voted unanimously to accept the offer.

The board also approved a cooperative athletic program between Sequatchie County High School and Whitwell High School that will allow female athletes from Whitwell to compete on SCHS cross-country and girls' soccer teams.

They will play by the same rules that ours do,” Layne assured the board. “And they will wear purple.”

The board also re-elected its officers, with Shelli Dodson being re-elected as chairman, Sam Hudson returning as vice-chairman, and Greg Johnson as chair pro-tem.

In other business, the school board:

The next regular meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education is set for Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., in the central office on Cordell Drive, Dunlap. Meetings are open to the public.

Sequatchie County Board of Education:  (l-r, back) Sam Hudson, W. O. Johnson, Pete Swafford, Greg Dawson, Greg Johnson, (l-r, front) Rachel Hixson, Linda Tate, Shelli Dodson, JoAnn Shepherd, and Christy Vandergriff.