Cherokee County


The Cherokee County School District said no students have tested positive for coronavirus and the Georgia Department of Public Health is not recommending any school closures. Meanwhile, two area private schools have closed out of an abundance of caution and schools in the county have added precautions.

The announcement comes a day after a Facebook post went viral, worrying local parents and students about an outbreak in the community. An additional rumor on Thursday prompted the latest response.


As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum.  

Dr. Debra Murdock is the executive director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.

New research on anxiety in the workplace finds in some cases, anxiety can actually help improve employee performance. Georgia State University psychology professor Page Anderson developed a technology to help people with social anxiety by using virtual reality. The software simulates real life settings that cause patients anxiety, helping them learn to cope before they have to confront the same scenarios in the real world. 

Cherokee County School District

Earlier this month, a police K-9 assigned to the Cherokee County School District died from heat exhaustion. The four-year-old dog named Inca was left inside his handler's police cruiser at the end of their shift. This isn't the first police K9 in recent years to die in Georgia from heat exhaustion. George Mathis decided to look deeper into this problem.