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HCSO Personnel Celebrate National Read Across America Day


Hamilton County, TN – Today, in partnership with the Hamilton County Read 20 Program, Sheriff Jim Hammond and several members of the HCSO visited numerous public schools throughout Hamilton County to celebrate National Read Across America Day. Throughout this week, several personnel took time to visit our schools to promote the importance of literacy.

“You can travel all over the world from the comfort of your chair when you read a good book,” said Sheriff Jim Hammond as he spoke to students today. “Reading will open new worlds and opportunities to you throughout your life,” he noted.

The schools visited today, as well as the others visited throughout the week by our personnel are as follows:

Signal Center, Inc.

Orchard Knob Elementary

Orchard Knob Middle School

Hardy Elementary

Clifton Hills Elementary

Woodmore Elementary

Hixson Elementary

Soddy Elementary

Participating in events like this offers law enforcement personnel a valuable opportunity to build positive relationships with our community’s children and promote the importance of reading.

Not only did Sheriff Hammond visit our local public schools, but he also visited the historic Signal Centers, Inc., as well as conducted an online Facebook LIVE reading today at noon for homeschoolers via our HCSO Facebook.

Please offer the following personnel your appreciation for taking time out of their day and reading to our community’s children.

Sheriff Jim Hammond

Chief Deputy Allen Branum

Director of Support Services Gino Bennett

Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement Charles Lowery, Jr.

Public Information Officer Matt Lea

Fugitive Lieutenant Van Hinton

Professional Standards and Accreditation Manager Miriam Monzon

Court Liaison Charlie Johnson

Property & Evidence Supervisor Heather Winters

Corrections Officer Jessica Smith

Fugitive Clerk Marquesila Laster

If you are interested in reading to our local school children next year, please contact the HCSO Public Information Office.

Special thanks to Shula Yelliott and our partners at the Hamilton County Read 20 Program, the Hamilton County Book Mobile, and our partners in the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The HCSO would also like to thank Ms. Donna McConnico, Chief Executive Officer of the Signal Centers and her staff for allowing our personnel the opportunity to visit with their students and clients.

To view more pictures of this week’s readings, please visit our HCSO Facebook page.

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