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Amy Beth Miller
Amy Beth earned her degree from West Virginia. She joined The Daily Times in 2016 on the education beat covering Alcoa, Maryville and Blount County school systems.
The Blount County Board of Education this month gave Director Rob Britt an average score of 4.26 out of 5 on his annual evaluation, indicating he's performing above expectations.
Four Maryville College employees are taking part in clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines.
More than four years after water leaks caused about $174,000 in damages to Alcoa High School, buckling the gym floor, five companies have agreed to pay a settlement.
Mindful of the rise in COVID-19 cases since students returned from fall break last month, two local school districts have announced plans for slowing the return to campus after upcoming breaks.
Two more Blount County schools, with about 2,400 students, start distance learning today, Nov. 19, after they were unable to find enough substitute teachers.
Alcoa City Schools employees all will have a $200 bonus in their December pay, while custodian and substitute pay is rising as well.
All three local public school districts have moved at least some classes to virtual learning this week as they struggle to find enough substitute teachers amid rising COVID-19 cases, and most local schools will be online next week before Thanksgiving break.
As Blount County Schools prepares for HVAC replacements at Heritage High School, revamping the heating, ventilation and air conditioning at William Blount High School is paying off.
Maryville City Schools' entire freshman class will be learning online through Thanksgiving, and Director Mike Winstead expects to make a decision today, Nov. 15, about a portion of the district's sixth graders.
An online simulation of an engineering design just can't beat the real-life satisfaction of lobbing a water balloon at your teacher.