Whose woods these are I think I know.   

His house is in the village though;   

He will not see me stopping here   

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

- From “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost


The only snowy woods in store for Sumner County this week will likely be the ones in those annoyingly early Christmas commercials.

Even so, with the first flakes of the season in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 14 and 15), it seems fitting to check the winter predictions for our area. Are we bound to be buried knee deep and miss weeks of school? Or will it be shorts and T-shirts for New Year’s.

As usual, it all depends on whom you ask. Back in August the Old Farmer’s Almanac called for a warm, wet winter for Middle Tennessee, only to have its rival, the Farmers' Almanac, come out a few days later and predict “teeth-chattering” cold and above-average snow.

With this year’s chilly autumn, we can all hope for the latter. The National Weather Service expects the unusually cool temps to hold for at least the next 6 to 10 days, which probably means a nippy Thanksgiving.

As for the long-term forecast, the NWS says our area will have near-normal temperatures and precipitation this winter. “Normal” for Nashville is 6 or 7 inches of snow on average – meaning some years can see more and some less. Sumner County, especially northern Sumner County, typically receives more frozen precipitation than Nashville.

Whatever winter has in store for us, the Sumner County school system should have more than enough snow days to handle it with 13 of them stockpiled.

Story by Isabella McBride


Members of the HHS Faculty Book Club have chosen their next book for discussion: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The club is a new feature at HHS. Earlier this year, it focused on “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, which was recently adapted into a movie.

“I think that there’s a lot going on right now in society, and it’s just a good choice because it deals with women’s rights,” Assistant Principal Lisa Jaskot said of the club’s latest selection.

“We Should All Be Feminists” is a short story that is more of an essay than a book. The work is adapted from a TEDx talk and is based on the author’s personal experiences and ideas.

Jaskot, who started the Faculty Book Club, said she hopes male faculty will not be turned off by the title. One lesson she learned from the book, Jaskot said, is that a feminist is a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.

“Based on that definition, a feminist could be a man or a woman,” she said.

Story by Kyra Hodge


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