April 18, 2014 - 16:47
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Dear Editor:
Happy Birthday Polk County High!
Congratulations on your first one hundred years! This is not only to the school, but to the students, parents, grandparents, alumni and community that supports such a wonderful school.  Not many schools in the United States can boast the accomplishments you have made in the first one hundred years.  Many of the successful young women and men who walked the halls of PCHS are successful in many realms of business and life.
From the local farmers who learned successful practices, to our very own Astronaut Dr. Roger Couch, and Chief of Staff of Erlanger Medical Center Dr. Phyllis Miller, or even a graduate assistant to the University of Tennessee Chancellor Mr. Russ Swafford, Polk County and High School has been very successful.  I am proud to have served as Principal, and teacher.  May your next one hundred years be just as successful!!!   
Joel E. Cox
Data Analyst
Polk County Schools

Dear Editor,

Regarding the letter to the editor two weeks ago in the Polk County News stating that “that Pre-K is simply free babysitting”, I have to say I disagree with this statement. Pre-K teaches children to interact with other children that don’t have that opportunity because daycares are so expensive and some parents make just enough to get by and at times still struggle. Daycares don’t teach children as much as they learn by being taught by teachers that are qualified in Pre-K. My nephew attends Pre-K and he’s learned so much within the few weeks that he has been attending, including the pledge to the Flag, the song “Grand Ole Flag”, and he calls the other children “his People”.
It is up to parents to send their children to Pre-K, not the County Commission or School Board. Children can’t just attend, they have to meet certain requirements such as knowing some colors, how to recognize their name, etc. Pre-K can and does help the slower learners get ahead so when the time comes to start Kindergarten or 1st Grade they will know what to expect while at school and Pre-K gets children used to routines and being away from the comfort of their homes.
I believe the Pre-K teachers are doing a great job, and would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the children. Keep up the good work.

Lauren Glenn
Benton, Tennessee

To the Editor,
On behalf of WaysSouth, I want to join others in noting with sadness the passing of Ingrid Buehler.
We join with you in celebrating her many years of service to Polk County. Ingrid was a journalist’s journalist, and her reporting was always thorough, detailed, and correct. She was a great asset to Polk County.
We especially appreciate her fair and even-handed coverage of the Corridor K issue, which has been one of our major areas of concern.
We wish the Polk County News the best as you carry her great tradition of service forward.
Melanie Mays
Chairperson, WaysSouth
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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