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Five Knox County Bus Drivers Recognized in Second Monthly Bus Safety Awards

Five bus drivers representing different contractors and routes from across the county, were recognized today at the Knox County Bus Safety Awards. These drivers were selected from a pool of candidates who have already undergone a Bus Driver Safety Check Ride—which includes 120 performance indicators divided into 20 safety categories.
“We have focused a lot on school bus safety over the years. While we have had to address some issues and concerns, the vast majority of our drivers are doing an incredible job and care deeply about the kids on their buses,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools at the second monthly Knox County Schools Bus Safety Awards coordinated by Vice Chairman of the Knox County Commission Bob Thomas. “They not only work very hard to get students to school safely and on time, but they love what they do.”
Jerry House of BLJ Bus Lines, a 4 year driver; Martha Cowden of Lynch Bus Lines, a 39 year driver; self-contracted Darlene Boling, a 22 year driver; Lawrence Mercier contracted by Doug Davis, a first year driver; and Earl Atkinson contracted by Robert Burroughs, a 28 year driver, were recognized.
The winners received a certificate from the Knox County Schools and a $100 check from Andy White of sponsor Ted Russell Ford. White today said, “This is really about the commitment these people have to the kids in Knox County. I was proud to be a part of recognizing the first five drivers, I am proud to be a part of recognizing these drivers, and I look forward to recognizing many more.”
Vice Chairman Thomas, a self-described positive person, said, “When accidents and mistakes happen, they need to be addressed for sure, but there has to be a balance. I felt like part of this story was missing because a lot of drivers are doing it right every day and I wanted to be able to bring that to everyone’s attention.” Thomas hopes to recognize five drivers each month that school is in session for the tremendous work they do on our buses, for our students, and in the community.
The next award ceremony is scheduled for October after the new school year begins.
If you are interested in joining the Knox County Schools Bus Driver team, please contact the transportation department at (865) 594-1550 for information about how to apply.
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