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Rep. Harry Brooks Donates More than $66k to Four KCS High Schools

Surrounded by a host of local and state elected officials at Gibbs High School, Representative Harry Brooks announced Wednesday morning that after 16 years of service, he would not be seeking re-election for the 19th district seat of the Tennessee General Assembly House of Representatives.


He also announced that he would donate more than $66,000 in remaining campaign funds to the four Knox County high schools that serve his constituency—Gibbs, Carter, South-Doyle and Halls. The amount each school received was based on the number of registered voters in each school zone.


Gibbs High School Principal Jason Webster, Carter High School Principal Angie Messer and South-Doyle High School Principal Tim Berry were on hand to collect their checks in the amounts of $25,932, $19,283 and $10,639, respectively. Board of Education Chair Patti Bounds accepted a $10,639 check on behalf of Halls High School Principal Mark Duff, who was unable to attend.


Each school will decide how to use its donations.


“Harry Brooks is a friend to Knox County Schools and a long-time community servant,” said Superintendent Bob Thomas. “We are grateful for this generous gift and can’t wait to see how the schools put the money to use.”