Community gets first glimpse of new Carter Elementary

Photo from shows at the opening of the new Carter Elementary School shows Knox County leaders presenting developer Partners Development with a ceremonial check.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Beginning this fall, young students in East Knoxville will attend the brand new Carter Elementary School.

Nearly 200 people got their first glimpse of the new school at an unveiling on Monday, which is the first new school in East Knox County in more than four decades.

Knox County Commisioner Dave Wright said about the school, "Today has been a day long coming to the people here in Carter because there's been a need. Individuals and groups and churches have pushed it since long before my time."

Frances Vineyard, a mother with two kids who will attend the school, said, " Everyday we drive by Strawberry Plains Pike, and they'd say, 'That's my new school!', and we just really couldn't wait to get in here."

To build the school, Knox County paid for the school completely with cash , which will leave the county with no debt.

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