Sherry Fortner grabs her coffee cup and heads for the garage while leaving her Ooltewah residence at 6:10 a.m. on a recent morning to begin her over 50-mile daily commute to Trion, Ga. Fortner, a 20-year teaching veteran, originally left Tennessee to teach in Georgia for a $12,000 raise and has since fell in love with the kids at her rural school.
Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sherry Fortner grabs her coffee cup and heads for the garage while leaving her Ooltewah residence at 6:10 a.m. on a recent morning to begin her over 50-mile daily commute to Trion, Ga. Fortner, a 20-year teaching veteran, originally left Tennessee to teach in Georgia for a $12,000 raise and has since fell in love with the kids at her rural school. Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
published Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
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Overall, about 16 percent of the teachers in the 11 Georgia counties closest to Chattanooga reside in Tennessee. In Catoosa County, the trend is amplified with roughly one-third of its teaching ranks being drawn from the Volunteer State.

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