Celebration was in the air Friday night in Blount County as football fans cheered on their teams and their success in the classroom.
Before Heritage took the field against William Blount, the school district that is home to both of them thanked students and teachers for some new statewide recognition.
Blount County is one of just 21 districts in Tennessee that achieved exemplary status. That means student performance has gone up significantly under the state's new system of accountability.
Several other East Tennessee districts made that list. They include Claiborne, Loudon, Newport, Rogersville, Sevier, and Sweetwater.