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Education + Workforce Development = Hamilton County's Future

Tucker McClendon
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Tucker McClendon

As students start a new year of classes in the Hamilton County Schools, county leaders are preparing to spell out a long-term plan for addressing a billion-dollar backlog in repairs for school facilities.

We talked about that - and many other issues - with Tucker McClendon, deputy mayor for education and workforce development for Hamilton County Government under Mayor Weston Wamp.

Tucker has served as chair of the Hamilton County School Board - and he’s an alum of our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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