THE HUNTER REPORT
IT'S ELECTION DAY - AUGUST 2ND
PLEASE GO VOTE
POLLS OPEN AT 8:00 AM TO 8:00 P.M.
One important change: the Browder Precinct located
on Harrison Rd. at the Vocational School (Tech Center) has been moved miles away
to the Eaton School located on Hickory Creek. The reason for moving the precinct
is a lack of adequate parking.
If you have a voting problem bring this to the
attention of the Poll Precinct Captain and contact the Election Commission at
Voting on Election Day is held at several locations throughout Loudon
County. The districts, precincts, and locations are listed below. Check
your voter registration card for your district and precinct--use this
information to find the correct voting location as shown below.
School 421 Hickory Creek Rd., Lenoir City
Elementary School 423 Hickory Creek Rd., Lenoir City
TERESA KARIMIAN'S MESSAGE TO VOTERS
"Standing Up For Our Children"
(THE HUNTER REPORT NOTE: A
back, the local paper contacted
candidates (challengers) running for school board with a set of questions. Candidates were given a few hours to respond
before the paper went to print. Half of the candidates responded but the other
half did not, nonetheless, an
article was published. Ms. Karimian submitted her responses to the newspaper but the
paper refused to print the answers. THE HUNTER REPORT would like to give
Ms. Karimian the opportunity to share her responses with voters). She is running
against incumbent Gary Ubben. Others vying for the District 5 Seat include
Freddie Gene Walker and Brian Brown. Gook luck to all.
Teresa Karimian responds to
1. What compelled
you to run for the school board seat?
Firstly, a genuine concern for our children's
education and safety. Secondly, an
overwhelming amount of support from frustrated parents and teachers who feel
their voices aren't being heard.
2. What changes
would like to initiate if you are elected?
It is my mission to
focus on student achievement and fiscal responsibility through transparent
leadership and fact-based analysis. The community has every right to expect
accountability from its elected officials and also deserves the oportunity to
have pride in its schools again.
3. What personal
traits do you possess that would make you an asset to the board?
First of all I have
no conflict of interest. I'm not employed by Loudon County Government nor do I
have any relatives employed by Loudon County school board.
I have been involved
in the Loudon County
school system ever since my first child started kindergarten at Eaton
Elementary nine years ago. From volunteering and substituting, to attending
school board meetings on a regular basis. I
am familiar with the many issues our system faces. I have actually been in our
classrooms, helped out in the clinics,
volunteered at every book fair,
assisted in the lunchrooms and substituted in
the offices. I have always been willing to do whatever I could to support my
children and our schools. Serving on on the Loudon County School Board is a
logical next step.
4. What is your
vision for the school system in the next four years?
I would like to
create an environment where parents, teachers and the community at large work
hand-in-hand with the school board to responsibly steward funds and provide
leadership that gives our children the best possible education. Our graduates
need to be prepared and competitive. They are counting on all of us to get them
5. Obviously, Loudon
is in competition with other counties regarding teacher salaries. How would you
address the need to stay fiscally responsible versus the need to attract
quality teachers with competitive wages?
This issue is not
unique to our community. There are models out there to give us ideas on how to
leverage our opportunities and minimize our challenges. Merely acknowledging the
competition issue does nothing to change the perceptions or realities of the
situation. I believe there needs to be a formalized commitment towards finding
and implementing a solution.