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School year off and running in Nashville, surrounding counties

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While it might seem like the students just got out yesterday, it's back to school already in Nashville and several other Middle Tennessee school districts.

In Davidson County, Thursday was a half-day, while school systems in Benton, Coffee, Dickson, Giles, Trousdale and Wilson counties had a full day to start the new school year.

Everywhere you went, there was excitement and also some nerves.

"It was good. He was a little nervous, but he'll get used to it," said first grade parent Laquandria Williams.

But many students were ready to get back to work.

"We dropped her off, she sat down and started getting to work right away coloring her name," said parent Cory Howell.

Metro schools officials say the first day started off smoothly, and the kids aren't the only new faces in the classroom this year.

"We feel like we have a really good recruiting class in terms of new teachers. We have about 500 new teachers this year in our district. Our change in starting salary last year has really paid off for us," said Metro Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register.

In Mt. Juliet, police were on hand to make sure drivers knew it was time to apply the brakes in school zones.

Police there made 20 traffic stops in school zones Thursday morning and will be on the lookout for the next few weeks.

"We're focusing on speeding, texting while driving and seatbelt use during this enforcement effort, and if an officer sees someone with bad driving behavior, they are probably going to be stopped," said Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Tyler Chandler.

And one kindergartner has a special connection to his new school: his great-grandfather's name is on the front of the building.

A.Z. Kelley's family has always been involved in the school, but Christian is the first family member to attend the school.

"What an honor to have his great-grandson here. It was a huge surprise for us that he was going to be able to come to our school and to have the family involved at all times," said A.Z. Kelley Elementary Principal Marsha Dunn.

Christian was certainly ready to be in class and was already showing a dedication to his education.

"If you'll excuse me, I've got work to do," he said.

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