Bill to shift Alvin C. York to Fentress County dies in House

Bill to shift Alvin C. York to Fentress County dies in House

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Students, alumni, teachers and veterans traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support the school. Students, alumni, teachers and veterans traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support the school.
"Without this school, our county doesn't have enough money to fund a high school for everyone in our county, so this state school really helps us out," said Gail Dawson, a junior at the school. "Without this school, our county doesn't have enough money to fund a high school for everyone in our county, so this state school really helps us out," said Gail Dawson, a junior at the school.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - A measure that would begin transitioning the state-run Alvin C. York Institute to county control is dead for the year in the state legislature.

House sponsor Rep. Gerald McCormick's office told 6 News Tuesday the bill had been taken off notice.

The institute is named for Sgt. Alvin C. York, the WWI hero who came home with a mission to improve education in his rural community.

More than 200 people journeyed to Nashville Tuesday morning from Fentress and surrounding counties to show their support for the institute he founded.

"We had buses coming out of Fentress County with snow plows in front of them. We had about three to four inches of snow in Fentress County, so the fact that we could get so many people to come down here with such bad weather is outstanding, and it shows the support that this school and Alvin C. York has," said Fentress County School Board Member Philip Hall.

The supporters included students, alumni, teachers and veterans.

"Without this school, our county doesn't have enough money to fund a high school for everyone in our county, so this state school really helps us out," said Gail Dawson, a junior at the school.

"I have had two daughters that graduated, my wife was a substitute teacher there for seven years and I just feel like it's worthy for the state to fund the school, because they made a promise to Sgt. York forever that they would," said Guy Dale Beaty, a York Institute supporter and war veteran.

In the House Education Subcommittee meeting, Hall spoke again about the promise made by the state, and said that the fight was about more than funding York Institute.

"This is a promise that is in writing, and it's worded over and over and over again forever, and promises forever. That's what we want our children to see is that once a promise, always a promise and nobody can break that," he said.

Hall says the bill being taken off notice is a big win for Fentress County and York Institute.

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